Dean Lombardi expects Ryan Smyth’s replacement to be mid-range. Now, if you take this statement on face value, that takes out any elite wingers or, for that matter, anyone over $4 million (my upper limit of mid-range). More likely than not, we are in the $2.5 to $3.5 range. That limits the options quite a bit from this available left wing UFA list.

That also means, if again you take Lombardi’s statements on face value, the team you see is the team you get minus a small addition.

Before you utter, “damn it”, I offer you a positive from all of this. A mid-range move gives us cap flexibility and allows us to make a move during the season as well as gives Kyle Clifford to earn his place alongside Richards and Brown on the second line for the most in your face, kick your ass, take your girlfriend line in the league…and isn’t that what everyone should want?