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01-31-2007, 08:48 AM
Evgeny Oliker
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Tkachuk - NO, old and not a true center

Smolinski - NO, old and not an upgrade over any of our centers

Vasicek - this is the guy that really interests me. Sure, he only has 13 points. However, don't forget that he has had a 45 point season with the Canes (19 goals).

Here's what attracts me to this guy:
Whether he can be a 2nd line center is in question, yes. What is not in question is that we don't have enough depth at Center. More than that, we don't have any Big and Skilled centers. Look at our Centers now:
Nylander - small
Cullen - small
Krog - tiny
Betts - decent size, but no skill

You guys forget that in the playoffs you often do need a big center to go against other big centers like Brind'amour, Holik, Lecavalier, etc. Who is going to handle those guys? Sure, Betts is decent, but he can't score for his life...Vasicek is a definite upgrade.

Vasicek is only 26. If all we give up is Rachunek and let's say Hall (maybe Nashville will take him back) then I'm all for this deal.

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