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04-05-2014, 04:47 PM
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It's bold to move Plekanec. No doubt. It certainly isn't giving up though. It's about maximizing a return on an asset we have too many of.

We're not giving up on Galchenyuk.

Eller, if we are to give up on him as at his lowest in terms of value. Lars has shown on more than one occasion that when he's allowed to play center he improves and excels. Heck, he's been 4th line center of late and has potted a couple of goals.

Larry and Alex NEED to play center. Now.

Trading DD could address the glut, but you also run risks with that move. Max and DD have clear chemistry. Vanek has fit like a glove. He didn't fit with Plekanec, and Galchenyuk isn't getting the chance to play center with the roster we presently have. IMO, it's a bigger risk to trade DD who's got the best chemistry with our best sniper in favor of Galchenyuk. Gal isn't ready for first line duty, but second line, with Gallagher and a strong scoring winger? I'm all for that.

That all means Pleks is your third line center. Yah, he's great and does a lot. 3rd line centers should not be paid $5 million a year though. Move him out for picks and prospects to clear cap space to address the need for a second line winger to play with the Gals. Give Eller the ball at third line with Prust and somebody else.

Prust has shown his ability to play third line minutes. He's moved up and down our lineup since acquisition. He kills penalties. He's a responsible player. 3rd line is not a problem for him.

At some point, Pleks is redundant. He's got term and an attractive salary for a team looking for a 2nd line center. This is the best time to get value and move on. Not when his contract is up and he's nearly 33.

Invest that money in a scoring winger. Use the money from buying Bourque to address depth or add a legitimate 3rd liner to go with Eller and Prust.

Vanek-DD-Pacioretty
Moulson/$4-5 million player-Galchenyuk-Gallagher
Prust-Eller-UFA/internal
Moen-White-Weise

Eller, Weise and White can all be qualified and it won't cost $100,000 combined to do it. Eller might be the only hold out, but he's got a lot to prove, so it's worth the risk. If someone gives him an offer sheet, examine the fit and decided whether he's worth more than the picks you'd get.

There's no step backwards here. It's a risk defensively, but one worth taking imo.

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