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by Paul on 01/14/12 at 09:16 PM ET
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
Some want a trade now to help fix the leakiest hole on a sinking ship. Bring in Evgeni Nabokov, Antero Niittymaki or any other available player with an expiring contract to stabilize the position, much the way Roloson did last season after coming over from the New York Islanders.
But the playoffs seem like a long shot at this point, so ask yourself if it would be worthwhile to give up an asset, such as a draft pick or prospect, for a rental player when reaching the postseason would take a near historic second half run….
To the chagrin of many, the team most likely will move forward this season riding Roloson and Garon to wherever they take it.
It’s not the answer many fans want to hear. This team came within one victory of reaching the Stanley Cup final last season and had many believing seasons such as this one were in the rearview mirror for the immediate future.
But to ensure seasons such as this are an aberration and not the norm in the future, it’s not worth the price it would take to address the need now. Strengthening the goaltending will be one of Yzerman’s summer projects. And with unrestricted options such as Minnesota’s Josh Harding, 27, and St. Louis all-star Brian Elliott, 26, the trade route is not the only option.
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