Thread: Recalled/Assigned: Frederic St-Denis Recalled
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03-14-2012, 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by JGRB View Post
We have to find someone to round out the Top 4. We've spent much of the season with Diaz acting as a #3, Emelin a # 4, and Kaberle as a #5. Now that we've got Markov back we should have one of the spots filled in for the Top 4 with him, Subban and Gorges. We still need another guy IMO, if we want to compete. Emelin can fill in for short periods in a Top-4 role as can Diaz, but long-term they just aren't ready for it yet. Kaberle is intriguing because he used to be an average yet adequate Top-4 all-situation defenseman. Nothing so far indicates he can return to that level of 5-on-5 play though.

Gorges-Subban
Markov-UFA
Emelin-Diaz
St-Denis-Weber
While I understand your concern, we also got to remember that we have Tinordi and Beaulieu turning pro. While they will probably start the season in the AHL, I'm not sure I would want to sign a UFA (probably long term) at this point, except for a guy like Sutter.

Gorges-Subban
Markov-Emelin
Kaberle-Diaz
Weber

It's not perfect, but I would go with it. Maybe add a UFA but as a bottom-liner.

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