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02-24-2007, 04:27 PM
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I wouldn't mind all that much if Ward were moved. He's got alot of experience and provides leadership, but his play on the ice has not been all that great. That being said, I hardly see Sopel as a step in the right direction. Norstrom, I guess would be something we don't really have in a true defensive dman, but he's on the wrong side of 30 and I don't know what his contract is like. Ward is 2.75 next year, and Malik and Roszival are 2.5 and 2.3 respectively. Throw Kaspar getting 3.3 to play in HFD and that's alot of money tied up in defense to not have a guy who's even a bonafide #2 guy. I like Ward, but he's not irreplaceable. If a contender like San Jose wants him, I don't think it affects future UFA's opinions of us negatively. OTOH, if we send him to the boneyard in L.A. we may have a problem attracting guys in the future.

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