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03-01-2011, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr Gone View Post
This has nothing to do with Wideman. Its about paying 7mill for a guy that will end being a second pairing guy. He does not play well banged up. He has toughed it out a lot the past few seasons. But his game really drop's off. I guess we will see how he holds up in the playoffs.
The concept of "2nd pairing" is something fans worry about a whole lot more than coaches and GMs. If Green is good enough to play 25 minutes a night on a good team (which he is), then he's not a 2nd pairing-level guy regardless of which line of the lineup card his name appears. Having three 1st pairing defensemen is a good thing. The only reason you don't see most teams do it is because of the cap -- it's hard to pay for three top pairing guys. But if Carlson and Alzner are going to be paid like #3-4 defensmen for a couple more years (which they will be, due to being RFAs), then you can afford to have a big ticket guy like Green too.

Assuming for the sake of argument that Green really will be passed by JC/KA next year, trading Green because the 3rd best D on a team doesn't usually make $6m a year or whatever is a crappy reason to make a trade. .

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