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10-08-2011, 09:55 AM
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Talks to Goalposts
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Originally Posted by dcal64 View Post
I am starting to wonder whether it would have been smarter to keep Pouliot instead of Andrei.

Pros:
1. Save about 2 million in cap space
2. Could have gotten a 2nd rounder for Andrei (better asset management)
3. AK is a UFA at end of year, probably will lose him for nothing
4. Pouliot speaks french
5. Pouliot can fight

Cons:

I can't think of any since I find their talent level the same, and they are both inconsistent.
Where you went wrong is the cons. Kostitsyn is a vastly superior player. Kostitsyn is a top-six forward that can form a good tough minute line with other good players. For a scoring forward his defensive game is average to above average and his physical game is above average to good. He's not a star but he's a solid piece of the puzzle. He's a good all round player 5 on 5 and pretty good on the power play. He also can compliment better players on a good line or lead weaker players on a lesser line.

Pouliot on the other hand can produce offense but is a total defensive liability that has to be carried by both his linemates in the defensive zone and on transition. He's good at generating offense for himself but his linemates production does not improve with his presence.

In short, Pouliot is no where near the player Kostitsyn is.

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