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We've got a mystery on our hands, Scooby!

Monday, June 26, 2006
So MacLean is at it again, playing the role of Master of the Sleight of Hand when it comes to his double talk and his way of saying ambiguous yet very interesting things concerning what he has planned. Today's snippet? An interview with The Columbus Dispatch where our favorite GM makes comments concerning an incoming defenseman once the free agency period rolls around.

“I've already got a guy that I'm ready to sign early (in July) who's going to be a depth guy to take Suchy's place,” MacLean said. “I've got a guy who's going to be a more experienced 30-year-old defenseman who'll come in, and we know he can play at the NHL level.”

Very interesting. If I had time on my hands tonight, I'd do some player digging and look around at all upcoming, 30-year-old UFA defensemen. Perhaps someone out there knows a couple on their own teams that will be available?

Meanwhile, despite the fact that the draft has come and gone now, there's still plenty of rumbling and hinting at the fact that Denis is more than likely on his way out. So far Tampa Bay has been the only team mentioned by name with an interest, but there's plenty of teams out there looking into goaltenders at the moment. To name a few off the top of my head, we got the Lightning (obviously), possibly the Senators depending on what happens with Hasek and if they have faith in Emery after his playoff performance, and there's been more than enough Red Wings fans and bloggers commenting on the need to get a goalie and not rely on only Osgood and minor league prospect Jimmy Howard. There are also the Blues, who are questionable depending on if Lalime makes some spectacular comeback to his old form, or if they shop around, or even stick with Curtis Sanford and Jason Bacashihua.

There's plenty of questions that need answers as we wind down towards the start of free agency. Hopefully all will be answered before impatience kicks in.

10:01 PM Edit: Looks like I was off about Lalime. As it is, he's unsigned for the coming year by the Blues, and I doubt they'll sign him, either. So let's take that option out for St. Louis when considering the choices they have when it comes to their goalie situation.
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