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05-03-2014, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Rocket Tocchet View Post
Buffalo: RFA rights to Brandon Sutter

Pittsburgh: RFA rights to Marcus Foligno

I realize that Sabre fans loves Marcus Foligno, but does Nicolas Deslauriers make him expandable? Pittsburgh needs a power-forward like Foligno. Buffalo gets a a solid shutdown centre in return. Marcel Goc makes Brandon Sutter expandable.
I'm all over pursuing Sutter - and he does seem to fit the M.O. that Tim Murray referred to in "young players that are ready to assume more ice time / responsibility than they may get on current team". Sutter's size, position and defensive awareness sure would fill a hole Sabres have right now at center.

I don't know about the premise that a journeyman, role-player like Goc is automatically a lock to supplant/replace Sutter long term. He seemed to be more of a trade deadline acquisition by Shero for depth at center in the bottom 6.

Originally Posted by Beerz View Post
I know they both restricted free agent said but..This is tilted pretty heavily in Sabres favor
Agreed - which is why I'd be OK with Stewart or Adam being thrown in with Foligno, depending on whether the Pens wanted a more established winger for their top 6 to add more options on the wing or if they'd want more of an up-and-coming prospect like Adam.

If the Pens thought they might lose Niskanen and/or Orpik this summer and wanted Ehrhoff as a replacement, I'd even be OK with an Ehrhoff/Foligno package for Sutter and a draft pick.

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