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04-19-2004, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by pitthockey81
I think i heard they are trying to sign him this summer, which would pose a very interesting, yet good problem next season as to who gets to play in Pittsburgh...

Consensus is that the two defenseman in college right now (Noah Welch and Ryan Whitney) are ready to step into the NHL. With the emergence of Ric Jackman and Brooks Orpik this season, along with prospects like Martin Strbak and Ross Lupaschuk, it seems to me the Pens have more than enough depth at D now.

Heres my starting 6 D for the Pens next year:
Rick Jackman and Dick Tarnstrom
Brooks Orpik and Rob Scuderi
Dan Focht and Michael Rosival

They need to trade melichar or cut him, because hes terrible.

enough said, anyones thoughts
Scratch Focht and put Melichar. Rozsival's status is up in the air.
Tarnstrom, Jackman, Melichar, Orpik and locks, Scuderi is close to it. The remaining spot would be up for grabs between Rozsival, Malenkykh (if signed), Whitney, Lupaschuk, Focht and Strbak. Welch will stay in college.
Malenkhyk is strangely enough not the biggest need. But you don't waste assets, and I'd rather see the Penguins trade Rozsival, Focht and Strbak and bring Malenkykh.

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