Bye Belle, welcome Bergy!
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10-19-2009, 06:13 AM
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Well I'm certainly not pinning any hopes other than PP improvement on MAB right now. All I'm wondering is if that improvement of our PP will be in part or totally offset by his defensive liability 5-on-5. We already have Gill to provide the entertainment value of constant defensive turnovers, not sure we can take 2 on the same D squad.
Also, I wouldn't send Belle down. He's proven he can be a decent #7, more so than Weber, and I don't think he has much to learn at the AHL level still.
The only way to keep Belle up and not risk losing a defenceman to waivers is to keep only 2 extra forwards and one extra defenceman. However, Pacioretty is the only waiver-exempt forward on the squad and his game has improved a bit so I can't see him being sent down at this time. The four worst-performing forwards are all waiver-eligible, meaning Chipchura, Stewart, D'Agostini and Laraque. I guess Metropolit could go on the IR to avoid having to send someone down, but isn't he day to day?
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