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03-26-2012, 07:05 PM
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Originally Posted by WantonAbandon View Post
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.
And like I said, about the forwards, they can go out and sign people for that. There will be plenty of second line level talent available in free agency.

As for Fowler, he's playing in top pairing minutes and top pairing situations. Brad Stuart is not going to alleviate all. Lydman has done well in the second pairing role as a defensive d-man. There is really no need for the Ducks to trade him to bring in Stuart. Even if you wanted to make the swap, Lydman is not going to get a top six forward in return unless they take a leap on someone having a poor year or years.

Brad Stuart doesn't give the Ducks anything they don't already have in Lydman.

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