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03-28-2011, 01:46 PM
Gardner McKay
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Originally Posted by GAGLine View Post
Not even remotely. Coming into this year, we had only 3 top 4 defenders (Staal, Girardi, Rozy). The emergence of Sauer and McD made Rozy expendable, so now we are left with 4 top 4 defenders. If we trade Girardi, who replaces him in the top 4? Eminger? Maybe, but he's not nearly as good, and may not even be re-signed. MDZ isn't close to ready. Gilroy isn't good enough. VTank, Kundratek and Pashnin will be rookies IF they make the team next year. We can't count on any of them being ready for top 4 minutes. Sauer and McD are the exception, not the rule.

Girardi is a damn good dman on a very good contract. He works very well with Staal to help form one of the best shutdown pairs in the league. We'd be stupid to trade him, and short-sighted to boot. Sauer has a history of injuries and either he or McD could have a sophomore slump next year.

In the coming years we will graduate at least a couple more dmen. If they prove to be capable of playing top 4 minutes, great. I'd still keep Girardi. You can never have too much depth, as we've seen this year with all the injuries.
This is a very good point.

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