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04-26-2012, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by bigd View Post
We have the defense in our system. We just have to bring them up and give them a chance. Strait and Bortuzzo have been the top shutdown pairing in the AHL the past two years and Despres is ready to step in also. Get rid of Lovejoy and Martin this off season. Start season with 8 D-men and let them fight it out for playing time. If Despres can't cut it he can be shipped back to WBS. If Strait or Bortuzzo can't cut it then waive one of them. It's time to see if these guys can take the next step.
This. Now is the time to see what these guys have. I agree we should start with 8 and see what happens. It's not like Bort or Strait will be wasted in the press box, because the other option is to lose them to waivers. If it's Despres sitting then send him down.

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