Let me say in advance that there are no other possible scenarios that have been discussed, other than the ones we know of. I want to be very clear that this is my thought, whole and totally; and I'm submitting this to indicate a thought I comprised.
With that...I offer this:
If you had your choice of centers to acquire, who would you take and why:
a) Joe Thornton (1 year left, $7.2 million cap hit)
b) Brad Richards (1 year left, $7.8 million cap hit)
c) Jason Spezza (4 years left, $7 million cap hit)
d) Tim Connolly (1 year left, $4.5 million cap hit)
e) Marc Savard (7 years left, $4 million cap hit)
Of the centers I've chosen, four are playmakers, and one is a pure sniper. I've thought of these five because they all (but one) have had a sniper like Gaborik to play along side of. My questions to you all are:
1) Whom is your choice to center Gaborik?
2) Why THIS center and not the others?
3) Whom are you willing to give up to either meet, gain or lose cap space for this particular center?
Let's see what you got.