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10-21-2011, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Libertine View Post
Yeah, which is why I am not thrilled with the idea of trading Hartnell at this point. I also think they should send Couturier back to junior if they won't make room for him in the top 9. No use of wasting a year of his ELC on the 4th line.
I think Couturier is a lock to stay unless something major happens (ie fairly major injury that will require significant rehab) He has certainly convinced me that he is an NHL calibre player; I don't think there is anything left for him to do at the junior level and this organization isn't going to go cheap on this type of decision.

In the short term it's not a terrible thing for Schenn+Couturier to be spoon-fed minutes (rookie wall blah blah) and I personally think Briere gets moved to wing and Hartnell gets traded before the christmas roster freeze. We aren't going to get anything spectacular for Hartnell, but I think we can probably get a solid NHL role-player and a respectable pick/prospect.

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