Originally written July 12, 2012 on Nightmare on Helm Street:
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  So we lost out on the guy that was supposed to rejuvenate a defensive corps that lost its best player, and one of the best defenseman to ever play the game. Ryan Suter didn't happen. And what is our defense going to do? I have Brendan Smith doing everything next year, so I'm not worried, but what we still haven't fixed is that forward sniper position. And no, I'm not being mean to Mikael Samuelsson (is that how it's spelled? Huh...) by saying we still need a sniper. Either that or find a way to make Franzen play every game like it's a playoff game against the 2008 Colorado Avalanches.  So it appears the two best forward sniper roles at this point are Rick Nash, who is trade-able if you give him either the farm or one of the Filppulas (oh yeah, you forgot we had 2, didn't you?) and Aleksander Semin.   Semin is on his way out of the Capitals, and though that leaves a sour taste in the mouth of many a Washington fan, I think he can be a great picku...
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