‘One way Regier could retain Drury and Briere would be via salary-dumping trades, a possibility that shouldn’t be ruled out. Potential trade bait could be forward Ales Kotalik and defenseman Dmitri Kalinin; both had sub-par seasons and their respective performances didn’t improve during the 2007 playoffs. Kotalik earns $2.33 million per season, Kalinin $2 million, and cutting their salaries would free up over $4 million which could be put toward re-signing Drury and Briere. Promising forward Drew Stafford and defenseman Nathan Paetsch could be affordable replacements for Kotalik and Kalinin.’
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