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I made this post on the boards, and I thought it was worth sharing…

Let’s recap our main problem shall we?

*a complete lack of first line talent outside of Gaborik.*

So, there are 3 ways to address this.
1)Draft them/bring them up in our system.
The problem with this is 1) we dont have any players in our system that are sure fire first liners…Kreider is the only one who even has that kind of upside, but its still way too early to tell, and hes at least 2 more years away.2)with Henrik Lundqvist and Marian Gaborik, it is highly unlikely we will be in the position to draft a player of that caliber who will have an immediate impact in the next 4-5 years.

2)Trade for a player like that.
There is a big problem here in that right now, teams are locking up those players to huge long term deals. and when they do that they arent looking to trade them unless theyve started to deteriorate, or they have character issues. Also you will have to give up prospects in return to get said players.

3)Sign them when they become available.
There are pros and cons to this. the main con being they you have to pay them their money…when a player hits free agency, their value becomes overinflated. The pro though is that you give up no assets, and you get an impact player right now.

So, we can try to fix our problems, slowly but surely, like you suggest, but in order for us to do that, we pretty much have to trade away Henrik Lundqvist and Marian Gaborik, tank, and draft first line players who will be ready by the time Drury, Redden, and Rozsival are off the books.

Or, you can sign Kovalchuk, eat Reddens salary, and become a contender right away as you infuse some of our youth around them.

The thing with signing kovalchuk is that it allows us to infuse our youth while staying competitive, AND it further removes the need to go out and get said players and overpay for them.

Kovalchuk is in the prime of his career,, is 10 times better than any prospect we have even if they turn out to hit their ceiling, is a dependable 40/40 guy, and will cost nothing but money.

SIGN HIM…even if it means you have to walk away from Dubi or Cally.

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