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09-26-2011, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by aragorn View Post
I agree more with Bruiser than you on this. IMO Carkner is ahead of both Lee & Cowen just because of his experience & his ability to fight the super heavyweights in the NHL. My guess is that Cowen will likely stay with the team & they will carry 7 defencemen until they are able to trade Kuba. Carkner is also a UFA & could be traded by the deadline.
NHL teams do not keep their top prospects on the roster to sit them in press box.

Carkner's ability to fight heavyweights will have very little impact on his ice time (particularly as a D-man) as opposed to things that he could do to actually help the team win games. In this case, the sales pitch for Carkner would focus more on him being the most willing shotblocker on the team for PK's.

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