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Trade Deadline 4/3 - Is it time to go after a Dman now that Cam is out?

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Pittsburgh is currently short a competant top 9 center. They don't plan on Crosby being gone forever, so Jokinen's versatility works well for them. They know he can be moved to wing when he is not needed at center. And Jokinen has played well as a center, with the right linemates. I haven't watched Pittsburgh enough to have a good idea about his specific linemates, but the team's style of play may be better suited to Jokinen's skill set. And with the trouble they've had keeping Crosby and Malkin healthy, having someone they can slide in as another center when needed should be beneficial to them.

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Jussi is not Boychuk. A change in scenery might do him well. Muller didn't use him right until it was too late. 

 

Do wonder about having him center though. 

 

This was a pure salary dump. Basically like having him picked up on waivers. Put a marker on that salary. How does JR use it moving forward? In theory lose that and LaRose's salary and that should buy a pretty good d-man. The trick is finding one. 

...we can also dump Corvo's salary, which is another 2 million. We can lose Brent and Sangs as well but that will not free up much more.

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How is pittsburgh paying all these people?? They've got Crosby and Malkin and now adding all these new people? Are they all rentals? Is this an "all in" move by Pittsburgh to win a cup? 

 

The way this shakes out, we essentially picked up Marc Andre Bergeron on waivers and then waived Jussi.  We give up a 7th rounder to Tampa, but get one back from Pittsburgh, we dump Hall who we got on waivers in exchange for MAB, so essentially it's like he's the one we picked up on waivers.  

 

I wonder if being "mid-pack" led us to stand pat... not good enough to BUY and not bad enough to SELL, or maybe no one wanted to play ball with us.  Like was said that we went after Murray, but couldn't pay enough, give up a high enough pick etc, whatever it took to land him but we were trying to make some deals, maybe just nothing came through.  

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