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03-16-2011, 11:35 AM
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Remove contracts from the equation, Mezaros is a better all around defenseman this year than Carle or Coburn if you evaluate them individually. In relation to their defensive pairings, quality of opposition, special teams contributions, etc. Once you factor salary into the mix it brings them all closer in value. Versatility is the deciding factor for me. Mezaros is capable of being above average in more situations. His strength comes from this and not just individual facets of the game. Carle and Coburn have their strengths slanted to opposite ends of the spectrum, while still being average in their lesser roles.

Keeping all 3 would be ideal. It allows us to have, without much question in my mind, the best top 5 defensive depth in the league. I think this, along with our team defense aided by the forwards, to protect what is otherwise a less than elite goalie situation.

I am on the bandwagon with our defense standing pat in roster next year, retaining Powe and Leino as priorities.

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