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08-02-2005, 09:11 AM
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I personally love the signings.

Therien is just depth. As long as Bundy is the 3rd pair, no problem.

I love having Hatcher. The guy is a hardnosed leader this franchise has lacked for YEARS. IMO, he is this generation's Clarke. A dirty, cheap SOB who will do whatever it takes for his team to win. While he may not be the shut-down defenseman of old, he adds a nasty dimension our blueline needs and can play a quality top-4 role.

Rathje is a guy I have always thought was highly under-rated. Not the most physical guy (certainly not for his size), but a very effective defensive defensemen in the Kjell Samuelsson mold. He isn't flashy, doesn't get a lot of headlines, won't make too many plays you will remember, just the quiet, efficient contribution you want from a defensive player. He keeps the top forwards contained.

None of these guys will do much offensively and shouldnt' get a sniff of the PP, but will make our goalies life easier.

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