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02-26-2012, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by tv14 View Post
I'm really starting to wonder if Whitney fits in our long-term plans? Between the emergence of Smid, Gilbert, and Petry, his injury concerns and his bad play, I believe it to be in question. Especially if we go out and get a dman on July 1 like Wideman.


Is that what you guys would roll? The emergence of Gilbert's defensive game really allows us to pair him (or Smid) with an aggressive offensive guy like Wideman, which is a nice bonus. I guess next year, it will still be nice to have Whitney incase Petry falters, but I could see Petry being groomed to be Whitney's replacement and the Oilers dealing Whitney next year or letting him walk as a UFA.
No offense but I almost threw up at a Gilbert - Wideman top-pairing.

Wideman is a good offensive top-4 defenseman who isn't too great defensively and isn't overly physical. Basically Gilbert in his "Tammy" days (God, that was a bad nickname).

If we signed Wideman it would almost surely go:

Whitney - Petry
Smid - Gilbert
Wideman - Sutton/Peckham/Teubert

I switched Petry and Gilbert, b/c from what I remember Petry and Whitney work better together than Gilbert and Whitney do.

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