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02-24-2006, 05:32 PM
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If the Flyers offered Pitkanen, Carter/Richards, and a 1st, the Pens would make that deal so fast your head would spin. The thing is though, the Flyers are never going to offer a package like that. Pitkanen is a starting point? I wouldn't give you Pitkanen straight up for Malkin.

Malkin looks like he's going to be a phenomenal player in this league, a real high quality #1 center. Guess what, Pitkanen already is a #1 caliber NHL defenseman and he's 22, that is unbelievably rare for defenseman to be that good that young. Joni Pitkanen is going to be a truely special player in this league (so is Malkin) and there isn't anything more difficult to mind than a real #1 defenseman (only two teams know they have that for the next ten years). There are at most two players I'd trade Pitkanen straight up for when factoring age, upside, salary, and current ability. Guess what, Malkin isn't one of them.

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