Over at Oil Acumen, Jake Pringle says the way to success is to comb through the wreckage of a disaster and rob from the poor to make the team rich. He would target two defenders: the Panthers' Dmitry Kulikov, a young lefty on a bargain deal:
In other words, he's a player who can be useful in all three disciplines and eat up a significant chunk of minutes at just 22 years old. He's currently in the first year of a two year bridge contract with a $2.5 million cap hit and $3 million salary for next season.
...and Keith Yandle, an established top-pairing guy who might be too expensive for his current team:
The Coyotes recently extended left-shooter Oliver Ekman-Larsson to a 6 year deal (damnit), and he's not alone on the Coyotes' left defense. Rusty Klesla, David Schlemko, Chris Summers and up-and-comer Brandon Gormley are all lefties; which of course is to say nothing of Yandle. OEL's new deal carries a cap hit that is $250,000 higher than the one that Yandle signed, which could possibly be an indication that the writing is on the wall.
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