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08-24-2008, 01:36 AM
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I was never a huge Tyutin fan but for the most part he is a solid defenseman. However, if he gets on a bad stretch he can be truly terrible and take a while to get out of his funk. Personally, I would have dealt him for just about anything after his putrid playoffs and was beyond thrilled to get Zherdev for him. And I wouldn't count on him for offense; he has a heavy shot but our boards are probably dented by all the times he didn't get it on net. I wish Fedor the best and I hope he can make the jump to the first pair, but if nothing else he is a decent 2nd pairing guy so he won't be a total loss.

Which brings me to Backman. He could very well be a total loss. He is very very talented and very very nervous. If he can settle in and play a smart game, he will be a steal but don't bet on it. If he can't settle in, then he will make the most boneheaded turnovers you've ever seen and be in the box at least once a game for an unnecessary hook. His first game with us I believe he had 10 PIM (it might have been eight, I think he hooked someone and the ref missed who did it and penalized Staal) and there was no light at the end of the tunnel from there.

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