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03-26-2012, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Pinkfloyd View Post
Doesn't make much sense when you can just sign those replacement forwards without having to trade someone you don't need to. Plus, how does Stuart allow them to drop Fowler in depth? If Fowler drops, it's to the second pairing. Stuart is not a top pairing d-man in any way, shape, or form. Defensive ability on the blue line isn't really an issue they need to address. Beauchemin and Lydman do just fine. They'll need a top guy that is a two-way d-man and they're not likely to find that. They will have to develop it out of Fowler most likely.
Within the next three years they will likely need have acquired or developed in some fashion an entirely new second line or three top six forwards. They do have good forward prospects and maybe they will all be ready and playing to their potential but that would be pretty optimistic.

Plus their blue line straight up sucks. As unideal as you think Staurt is for top competition Fowler is much worse.

In short signing Stuart will help solidify their blue line or at least "harden" it and may give them an option to trade for a stop gap forward while they are waiting for some of their prospects to develop.

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