Oilers: Four centres MacTavish should target
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02-18-2014, 05:26 PM
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None of those 4 seem likely to me. The article doesn't go into potential price of doing business, or the fact Spezza and Zajac have full NTC's.
So let's look at all the angles:
Stastny - played at the University of Denver before joining the Avs, so he's been in that State for a decade. Has gone on record wanting to stay there, but if he can't sign an extension, he'll be highly coveted by at least 10-12 teams. I think it will take an offer of 7 years, 50 mil (7.14 per), and if a team like the Blues offer the same he chooses them easily.
Zajac - Lou loves him and the guy has a NTC, end of discussion.
Spezza - also has a NTC, but with only a year left might be willing to waive. That said, the cost will be a roster player, top prospect and 1st. If we did it in the off-season we're probably looking at Perron + or maybe Gagner, Marincin, 2015 1st. That's steep for only 1 guaranteed year of Spezza.
Couturier - Flyers love his two-way play and character, I can see them wanting to move him, but the cost would be Yak+.
I don't know that any of these are realistic.
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