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12-27-2010, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by sjshrky27 View Post
What would suit the Sharks better:

A Shut down D player?

Or a offensive minded D?

(you cannot choose both)

IMO- (I think a shutdown D would be best)

Im not asking for names of players or anything... just curious what type would be best for the team.
Well the only viable answer is both. In today's NHL you can't get away with using one-dimensional "shutdown" defensemen in a prominent role if said player is incapable of moving the puck. Scott Hannan did nothing to change the Capitals' fortunes when he was traded earlier this month and Robyn Regehr has been useless in Calgary for several seasons now. Detroit and Vancouver, clearly the class of the Western Conference, pretty much have nothing BUT puck-moving defensemen (a.k.a. those who are not only solid in their own end but capable of jumpstarting the offense) in their fully healthy top six. Same goes for Dallas who is enjoying an unexpected degree of success thus far. Boston has the best goaltender in the world right now and an offense so deep that Marc Savard is their third-line center and Tyler Seguin has been often relegated to press box duty yet they're 8th in the East. Why? A lack of PMDs/disappointing seasons from the few they have. A one-dimensional shutdown defenseman's only value anymore is if paired with an exceptional two-way d-man (see the Scuderi--Doughty pairing tonight against the Kings [unless Murray opts to go with Johnson--Doughty]). So, to answer your question, the Sharks need a true two-way guy and, unfortunately for them, not many are on the market right now. Steve Montador out of Buffalo could possibly be on the move by the deadline and he has decent puck skills to go along with a solid defensive game but his addition won't exactly bolster the Sharks' back end. Keith Ballard would have been a perfect addition over the summer. Fedor Tyutin would have been a great pick-up a year or so ago. Christian Ehrhoff should not have been traded to clear space for Blake.

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