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01-16-2009, 11:55 AM
nexus of the crisis
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Chipper is down as soon as Koivu is back, so I don't really see the problem. There is 4 better centers than him on this team, and five if we play Begin on C.
I think his case right at the moment may be comparable to O'Byrne's. I'm not down on O'Byrne by any stretch either, I still think he has the upside to get into a top-4 role down the road. It's tougher for a defenseman than a forward. But still, at some point with some prospects you may have to bite a minor bullet for a little while as they figure out what it takes to get over the NHL hump. Others jump in and for whatever reason it clicks more quickly.
We have 6 (or 7) better defensemen than O'Byrne right now, and we'll have 4 (or 5) better centres than Chipchura. Based on the specifics of our situation, it may well mean that we can't afford even the minor bullet biting on those players right now, and that's ok... as you say, it's not a problem.
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