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by Paul on 12/26/08 at 12:39 AM ET
from Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Q. You’ve said you won’t trade Ilya Kovalchuk. Are there any other players you rule out trading?
A. There are some guys that I won’t trade, but I’m not going to get into the names. There are certainly some younger guys, and you can figure it out, that we want to continue to build around.
Q. What’s the first priority you’re looking for in a trade?
A. A centerman would be No. 1, but if it’s a player that’s going to make us a better team at this point, particularly a forward, we’ll look at pretty much anything.
Q. When do you start having to make a decision, is this a team that has a chance to make a run or is it time to look to the future?
A. The trade deadline’s March 4. In February we only have [five] home games. We have to put ourselves in position over the next five, six weeks. If we don’t, it’s going to be tough for us.
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