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07-11-2011, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by smoneil View Post
I've said it before and I still think it makes the most sense:

Staal Girardi
McDonagh Erixon
Del Zotto Sauer

Torts isn't going to break up a top pair who he trusted to play 30 minutes a game in the playoffs.

The team, based on past comments, views McD and Erixon as top-4 guys with first pair potential. That, combined with Erixon's history of playing either side, makes this the most ideal 2nd pair.

Del Zotto needs a defensive rock next to him to get his game back. Sauer provides that. DZ and Sauer will get their minutes on special teams (PP for DZ and PK for Sauer), but they just make sense as the 3rd pair.
Plug in Valentenko or Eminger as the #7 defenseman, and this is exactly what I think we see.

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