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09-29-2003, 02:46 PM
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Really? Where is all this great depth the Isles have? Outside of their top four, the only dman in the system who played a regular role for even one full season is Cairns. I don't see the Isles moving Cairns into the top four.
Martinek was great for the first 25 games of his career but then he blew out his knee. He was pretty marginal last year, spending a lot of time in the AHL. I think management still has hopes for him, as do I, but Martinek is going to have a lot to prove before he gets a regular shift.
Which players are your talking about when you mention the Isles depth? Can you name one player in their system, outside the top four, that could play 20 minutes a night? I certainly can't. And, that is why I think the Isles may actually try to add to the defense at some point soon.
The Isles might trade a dman at one point. But, if they do, they're going to have to bring back another top four guy in return. I could see something like Hamrlik going for a solid # 4 dman and a winger. A straight dman for a forward swap is not going to happen. Nor are there likely to be any deals involving prospects or unproven players, given the desperation of this team to make the playoffs.
...when you compare the Isles apparent lack of depth to that of the Bruins you will see where I am coming from. The Bruins don't have one defenseman that they can rely on to play in all situations of the game as near as I can see the Isles have four in Hamrlik, Niinimaa, Aucoin, and Jonsson. As well I think Martinek will be fine at the number 5 spot with Cairns being a perfect 6th defenseman that is going to be nasty in front and drop the gloves when need be and there is Timmander than can fill in when need be.
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