too many defenseman means somethings gotta give
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06-27-2011, 10:51 PM
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People need to stop trying to dump our Right Defensemen just because we have too many Left Defensemen.
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As much as I adore him, moving Girardi makes the most sense for us for a number of reasons:
a) His value is at an all-time high. He was an absolute warrior for us in the playoff series with the Caps. Everyone around the league saw him lead the way in terms of blocked shots as well as defending against Ovenchicken. He was arguably better than Staal in that regard, and was arguably our best all-around d-man throughout the series.
b) He's not getting any younger (he's only 27, but he seems to have perhaps peaked in terms of development) and with the way he plays, he's bound to get injured sooner or later. It makes sense to move him now before his body starts to break down and his value diminishes. He's definitely sought after by more than a few teams around the league.
c) He is paid fairly for what he provides, but moving his nearly 4 million could also prove a good amount of cap relief, depending on what the return is.
d) We have prospects and first and second year players who play a similar role and can make his absence manageable. McDonagh and Sauer are ready for more minutes. Staal is a horse. Erixon is used to playing top minutes against men. As great as Girardi's been for us, we are in a luxurious position of being able to deal from such a position of strength that Girardi's loss won't be felt much if at all. He could be packaged with a prospect and/or pick and bring back a very nice top-6 forward, which is what we really need, assuming of course, that we are able to fill our most glaring need with Brad Richards.
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