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12-08-2008, 10:30 AM
Northern Neighbour
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Giordano has been playing better, but he's more of a #5/#6 defenceman. He's averaging 17:34 a game, which actually puts him 2nd-from-the-bottom of all Flames defencemen, trailing Phaneuf, Regehr, Aucoin, Sarich, and Vandermeer. While he's been pretty good of late, let's not overexaggerate his value and potential.

If the team was able to acquire a 22-year old defenceman with top-3 potential for Giordano, they should make the move. Polak could contribute now. He's averaging almost 20 minutes a game (19:47 to be exact), which is 3rd amongst all Blues' defenders. He makes an excellent first pass, plays sound defensive hockey, and can also play on the PP. Another benefit is that he's a right-handed shot. I think he would be a great partner for Phaneuf and be part of the team's core for a very long time.

Anyway, I don't see St. Louis trading Polak unless a team was willing to overpay, and Giordano plus a mid-round pick isn't exactly an overpayment.

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