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My proposal is pretty simple. I say we go ahead and sign Pavel Kubina. He's a good reliable defenceman who has some size. He also shoots righthanded and that is something we lack on the backend. If we can sign him for about 3 million and dump Ballard then we can have some good balance on our defence. We also save some cap.

Pairing

Bieksa = Hamhuis (shut down pair)

Kubina = Edler (Backup shut down paring with physicality)

Tanev = Garrison ( Reliable pairing and Garrison has a big shot)

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I put up this proposal because the current D we have is not good enough to get us deep in the playoffs and is not as good as the one we had during our cup run unless Tanev matures greatly and Ballard returns to pre trade form. Also with the way our D loves to fall like flies when it comes to injuries we can never have enough top 4 Dmen.

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I would do that, but only if Doan gets signed here (or for sure won't be signing here and the forward group is improved through trading one goalie). There should be enough salary cap space spent in each position to get the balanced depth of skill.

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As good as Tanev is right now, I would like to see him in the AHL for at least one more season. He's young and still filling out his frame. Put him down in the AHL with NHL calber strength and let him acclimate to that environment and level of competition while playing top pairing minutes.

Sign Kubina to a 1 year, $3M deal. With Doan @ 5.5M if we're lucky enough to get him, and a trade of Luongo+Raymond for Matthias, Clemmensen, Bjugstad and a pick, we get an incredibly deep line up. Just about every forward in the bottom six can play spot duty in the top 6 in a pinch in the event of injury, and the defensive depth is solid.

Make no mistake about it, we are a win now team, and as good as our youth is we can afford to let them develop while we augment with veteran UFA additions; heck even Kassian could benefit from an entire season in the AHL.

My take on it is to stack the Wolves as best as possible and give them the best chance at winning the Calder cup. It gives them the experience of playing in a long playoff run together as a group and as they then transition into the NHL, are better suited to handling the extreme pressures of the playoffs. This ensures we are competitive NOW and in the future.

FORWARDS

Daniel Sedin ($6.100m) / Henrik Sedin ($6.100m) / Shane Doan ($5.500m)

David Booth ($4.250m) / Ryan Kesler ($5.000m) / Alexandre Burrows ($2.000m)

Chris Higgins ($1.900m) / Shawn Matthias ($0.852m) / Jannik Hansen ($1.350m)

Manny Malhotra ($2.500m) / Maxim Lapierre ($1.000m) / Zack Kassian ($0.870m)

Dale Weise ($0.615m) /

DEFENSEMEN

Dan Hamhuis ($4.500m) / Kevin Bieksa ($4.600m)

Alexander Edler ($3.250m) / Jason Garrison ($4.600m)

Keith Ballard ($4.200m) / Pavel Kubina ($3.000m)

Andrew Alberts ($1.225m) /

GOALTENDERS

Cory Schneider ($4.000m)

Scott Clemmensen ($1.200m)

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CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)

(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)

SALARY CAP: $70,200,000; CAP PAYROLL: $68,611,625; BONUSES: $0

CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $1,588,375

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I wouldnt mind adding Kubina or Rozsival if they signed for under two million

Hamhuis - Bieksa

Edler - Garrison

Ballard - Rozsival/Kubina

Alberts/Tanev

Three solid two-way pairs, and Alberts/Tanev are more than capable of filling in.

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I would like to have some great depth at D. But unless he is willing to sign for 1 year only. I think it's better to keep money saved away for next year for resigning Edler...

But let's say Kabina wouldn't mind a 1 year contract.

1. Edler Garrison

2. Hamhuis Bieksa

3. Ballard Kabina

4. Tanev Alberts

Unbelievable solid depth^

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We surely could use the "ideal" top 4 D! We do not have the coveted Norris candidate that virtually every SC winner rides.

But Kubina, barring an Edler or Ballard trade would be 4th on the depth chart on our left side, or at best would pass KB4. Kubina does bring intriguing size and skills, but is reported to have slowed considerably. Last year I proposed brining him in as a rental for Ballard to clear his cap space. However, that was and is a depth player secondary move, not the Norris guy that becomes worth chasing. Again, barring a trade clearing Edler or Ballard, why bother with Kubina...?

We don't need another top 4 D-man.

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