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10-12-2010, 03:44 PM
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You think wrong. The rest of your post makes sense and has valid arguments, but this team's defense would be much better if we had Martin.
Obviously we'll never know
I think Lydman is underrated and Martin would've been grossly overpaid to ever have gotten him to play for the Ducks. It's unfortunate that Lydman had his medical problems because I felt that was a good pickup and left us with some wiggle room financially. Overpaying for Martin wouldn't have left us any wiggle room. That was my main argument to those who said we should've made him a big offer to entice him. It would've left the team extremely vulnerable for the season unless you could jettison some other contracts. Maybe Saku and Teemu would've signed for less. Who knows but it's all in the past.
I don't think the team's record would be any different with Martin in the lineup. Not the way this team has played the first three games. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of Martin's, but I just don't see him changing the makeup of an entire team like a Pronger or Niedermayer could. Those guys are few and far in between. Even with Martin, the D would still be lacking. In my hypothetical Top 6, you have even less proven players than what was out there for the first game this season. Fowler, Sbisa and Mikk would've been slotted in top 6 whether there were injuries or not and I doubt anyone would've felt comfortable going into the season with that top 6. I don't think Martin alone can make up for that.
Regardless, it doesn't matter. The Ducks are stuck with what they have and nothing will change that soon. The defense is only one part of the issue. The team's problems go well beyond just that. Blaming the defense alone is taking the easy way out.
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