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04-26-2012, 09:04 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.
We might have the guys in system, we might not, but we will have to play them to find out. The big thing IMO that we are missing, and have been for quite some time is a Leader on D, that leads by example on the ice as well as in the room(I'm focusing my non-blinking stare at you Orpik)

RS needs to ship out Martin, who doesn't fit the system and Orpik

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