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06-04-2011, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Monaco88 View Post
Laich is way better then AK defensively..there is a reason why hes first in his team in SH time per game
That wherein lies a problem. You don't want to be paying $4m+ to someone to be a defensive specialist. Its why Pleks is so ineffective in the playoffs, we are forced to use him as our shut down guy. That is a waste of $5m in cap space in the playoffs. We need him to score.

There is a reason for teams having 3rd line shut down guys. Look at how Kessler's numbers have improved in Vancouver with him taking a more offensive role and having Manny Maholtra take on the defensive roles.

Find legit shut down players, don't tire our your $4m and $5m top six forwards in a shut down role.

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