Chicago vs. Dallas 10/4
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10-07-2003, 07:53 AM
Join Date: Feb 2003
Its questionable how well Matty will perform. Boucher is great, but might not be physical enough.
The way I am looking at it is having Daley in Utah does not hurt the team. If Erskine does not get any better, we can always ditch him and then bring Daley up.
Daley is going to be a better player for spending time in Utah as the #1 defenseman. Thats good for the team. In the long run and later in the season when we will more than likely need him due to injuries.
We can either have a good young guy up here now, playing 8-12 minutes a game, or let him get even better by playing 20 minutes a game. With Sweeney and Robidas we don't really need Daley. Both Sweeney and Robidas are solid enough to play for a whopping total of a little over half a period.
Daley could get a minute or two of extra time on the powerplay per game, but we have Boucher and Young and a host of other forwards that can play the point for the second PP unit.
Erskine could turn it around. He just needs to play a little smart and choose when to do the dirty stuff. Ludwig can help him out with that up here. I doubt that Erskine will turn it around, but its at least worth a shot.
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