Potential availability of Pronger and Niedermayer
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01-29-2009, 12:14 PM
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They choked in the first round because they had Roman Turek in net.
Pronger was a shoe-in for the Conn Smythe when he was with the Oilers. That was probably one of the greatest playoff performances I have ever seen and much more dominant than Niedermayer's.
Both are excellent defencemen but the Habs need a physical force which is why I believe Pronger is the better choice. Plus they get to keep him for an extra year as opposed to Niedermayer who becomes an UFA.
Yeah but Nieds being a UFA means he'll cost less on the trading block. And Anaheim is probably less relunctant to trade Nieds considering this. They think might otherwise because of other reasons like internal conflicts, but that, we can't know.
IMO, we don't need that much of a physical force on the D, as we have OB, Komi and Hammer. Its more on the O that we need it. We have a speedy offense that needs better outlet passes to rush out of the zone and Nieds is one of the best for that.
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