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09-21-2003, 07:26 AM
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all things considered I don't think it makes much sense to keep Bergeron over Luoma if they are close, if Luoma is on a make-it-or-back-to-europe contract.
1. Luoma moves the puck well too, from what I've read.
2. Luoma is bigger, does he use it effectively I don't know, but bigger never hurts on D.
3. Depth. If you keep Luoma, and someone ahead of him on the depth chart goes down to injury (as will almost certainly happen at some point in the season), you can always recall Bergeron. If you keep Bergeron and send Luoma back to Europe, all of a sudden you are calling up the Allen's and Lynch's, though it looks like Luoma is CLEARLY ahead of those guys right now.
Good points, but then you're keeping three slow defensemen (Cross, Ferguson, Luoma) and run the risk that two of them might actually be out there at the same time. Brewer can close a gap in a heartbeat, Staios is average as is Smith although both of them have the experience to cheat and get away with it. Cross cheats to the outside and STILL gets beaten sometimes, I saw him do it twice last year in a game against Nashville.
If Luoma is as slow as has been described, I'd take Bergeron no matter the circumstances.
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