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12-01-2011, 02:37 PM
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A big no right now.

Cowen, Rundblad and Wiercioch are still unproven commodities. Cowen could end up a Coburn (which is an ok 2nd pairing guy), while Rundblad still has a long way to go to show he is going to be a top pairing guy instead of solid offensive d-man, but a minus defender. Wiercioch could end up being a fringe journeyman. We don't have a lot of elite D talent beyond those three.

A year or two from now, if those three guys do emerge as bonafide top 4 guys, and other guys are also knocking on the door, and we are running into ice-time issues satisfying all of them, then yes, maybe we consider it (after several other options first).

No reason to do a deal like that right now. Personally, I love the idea of having one of Rundblad and Karlsson on each of the top two pairings going forward, with one of them on the ice for 45-50 minutes a game. We're going to be a major problem for teams if those two continue to track in development at their current pace.

So I'd never say never, but I would say not now.

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