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Sens should go after Lightning's LW Ryan Malone

With trade deadline approaches, I looked at various players that might land in Ottawa. Among them, I personally see Ryan Malone of Tampa Bay Lightning as most attractive target for Sens. He is 6'4' 215 lb and typical powerforward that ottawa arguably never had. He is still 40-45pts guy and more importantly, playoff type player. He is 32 and has 3 yr remaing on his contract with cap hit of 4.5M. Now that sounds little scary. However, after this year, his actual remaing salary will be 8M over 3yrs which is about 2.7M per year. Also, with Alfredsson nears twilight of his career, Malone can be valuable veteran presence for young senators team. He can be a mentor for young Sens prospects such as Zibanejad, Noesen, or Stone to evolve as legit power forwards like himself. All the Cup teams had one or two power forwards in their top 6 forwards and Senators should definitely follw that trend. However, trade cost and whether lightning trade him would be a concern. Also, Malone has to waive no-trade clause and I am not sure if he wants to join the young team at this point of his career. If the deal is available for Sens though, Murray should push hard in my opinion. I was thinking package such as Puempel, Lee(or Butler), and 2012 3rd rd pick. Thanks for reading my post and will welcome all the response i am hoping to get :)

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