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03-19-2012, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by bathgate View Post
I really believe Torts understands how important it is to maintain our young group of defensemen.If you recall, as soon as Crosby was awarded to the Pens, we discussed the only way to compete with the Pens was with outstanding defense and goaltending. If Sauer is ever healthy enough to compete and Staal regains last year's form( he is not yet totally back in my opinion) we will have the back end to beat all comers. Torts has geared the team, based on its personnel, to compete in such a fashion. Yopu may be right about Erixon but Bickel has been rapidly deteriorating and was horrible against Colorado.
I think the team needs to move forward without Sauer in their plans. I'm not saying get rid of him, just I don't think they can count on him. He has a history of injuries and we've all seen how long it's taken Staal to come back into form (and he's still not what he was last year).

To me, Bickel has always been a law of diminishing return kind of guy. He's past the tipping point.

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