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Patience is a Virtue

I know that right now most people are wanting Mr Poile to run out there and trade for a top line guy- a real big name- someone who can change things right now. I don't know what the cap will be like in two years, but it probably won't be quite as much as now and that's a good thing. Why? Next year the cap will go down to around 64 million. There are a few teams- especially in the big markets that will struggle to balance the players they should keep and the players they have to let go.

A prime example: the Philadelphia Flyers. In two years the Flyers have 4 major contracts up: Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, and Matt Read. Grioux, Schenn, and Couturier are all RFAs. All of them are due raises and it will be hard for them to keep all four- I think it will be hard for them to keep 3. If I were Mr Poile, I would extract my revenge on Mr Holmgren for his work with Shea Weber. I would put in an offer sheet on Giroux and possibly one of the other two and I would make it expensive for Holmgren.

Another example is Vancouver will lose one of the Sedins unless they can take a major pay cut.

Then there's the Oilers who have a young and talented roster. In the coming years Sam Ganger, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Magnus Paajarvi, Justin and Nick Shultz, both goalies as well and of course Nail Yakupov,

There are several other examples of teams that will be behind the 8 ball. There will probably be several trades this off season as well as at the next trade deadline. I think the next two years will define what Mr Poile can do as a GM with this many players coming on the market.

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