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04-18-2010, 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Fitzy Duke of NY View Post
Volchenkov is like 28 years old. Thats as good as it gets with UFA signings.

People dont realize, but he's exactly what this defense needs. A shutdown right d partner for Staal, blocks shots, allows Staal to roam a little more comfortably.

He hits a ton, blocks a ton of shots.

a 4 year deal worth 16 million would do wonders for our defensive unit.
I normally agree with you Fitzy but here I have to disagree. The Staal-Rozsival pairing is very a very nice blend of puck movement and shut-down defense. Volchenkov is effective but he has Jay Mckee written all over him. The way he plays leads to injuries and as he gets older his body will feel it more and more.

Defensive defensemen are not the type of player any team should give long-term expensive deals to. They are too one-dimensional.

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