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10-23-2010, 05:19 AM
Can you like, shutup
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I really can't say that there are 5 defensive cores that I'd rather have in the league right now, so we're definitely top 5 in my opinion. Considering that we have our four best defenseman of that group locked up for the next 4 years and Goligoski (who isn't far behind) for another two, I can't say there are more than 1-2 defensive cores I'd rather have for the future, especially if you consider Despres being in the mix.

I can't wait until we see this group healthy again. Best of all, I'm no longer cringing every time I see #3 on the ice like I did for much of last season when I was praying for Bylsma to limit his ES minutes. Whether it was his injury last year that hampered him or he's just improved with experience - he looks fantastic so far. He's actually lead the team in TOI per game so far this season up alongside Letang, who has come into his own as well.

Anybody who thinks this defense isn't top 10 I'd love to see which teams you rank ahead of Pittsburgh.

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