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06-20-2010, 09:06 AM
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true. but it was also worse when we lost Timonen and look at it now.
defense is the one area where we can (and actually must) regularly lose good players.
if we are going to keep the Big 2 long term (and i think we will) then the other 4 have to be a rotating pool of players making 5-6 million in aggregate.
I agree that defense is an area where we can lose players, as it is our position of strength in the organization; however, I think that where we are with our defensive prospects at this time goes a bit against that line up thinking. Sure we have good prospects, but I think they still need more grooming before being thrown in into the NHL. I don't think Franson, Sulzer stepped up enough last year to warrant more ice time. Josi will likely need to adjust to North America. Blum would likely be given a callup or two before getting a full time spot.
I don't think our defensive prospects have developed to the point to rely on them for this upcoming season.
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