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01-22-2010, 07:13 PM
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: New York
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The whole team needs to get grittier. Adding one tough player isn't going to do anything because he can only do so much.
Not sure about going after Phaneuf. He's not having a great season. I really don't think it's a good idea trading Staal and a bunch of other valuable stuff for him. We're basically giving all that up for toughness, because Phaneuf isn't exactly sound defensively. Yes he brings offense, but Del Zotto has already kind of filled that niche on the blueline.
Unfortunately, this team probably won't get tougher until the offseason. And even then, there is only so much to work with because of the insane contracts.
No team needs to be as "tough" as Philly though. What exactly have they won withall that toughness lately?
Its the lack of any real goaltending since Pelle Lindburgh that has held this team back for so long.
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