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01-11-2010, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Mephisto77 View Post
Barker originally lost his job to Wisniewski. Then the Hawks for some reason traded Wisniewski for Pahlsson, even though he was very solid for them, much better than Barker at least, and was as good as any Hawks defenseman in the playoffs with the Ducks. Hjarmalsson took over Wiz's spot because he could play a responsible defensive game next to Campbell, while with Barker on that pairing opposing forwards could dump the puck in any corner and never go wrong.

Barker is a PP specialist with a good point shot and barely 3rd pairing defensive abilities getting paid like a #3 defenseman. Except this year he's not producing on the PP either. Atlanta has five of those guys on defense any given day of the week. FIVE. Three of whom are easily better than Barker. If they get any more PP specialists on that team they're gonna have to start icing 3 defensemen on a powerplay unit.

Right now Barker is getting paid $3 million to play less than 14 minutes a night. In a deal for one of the best goal scorers in the game, why would Atlanta be doing Chicago a favor? Particularly considering that a d-man like Barker isn't a need in Atlanta at all.

Oh yes, but Atlanta also gets the 50-60 point Kris Versteeg + assets(?).

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