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Offseason Discussion Part III (Contract/FA chart in post #1)
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05-04-2012, 03:37 PM
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I think its safe to say Despres is in, especially if Martin is gone. Id pair he and Bortuzzo together, if it works, keep them as a pair for the next 5 years.
I can definitely agree with a Despres-Bortuzzo pairing in the future but I'm not sure if Despres is there yet, while Bortuzzo (and Strait) is IMO. Allen would be a really smart addition to this D if we can get him on a solid contract, he's got a meanness that Despres doesn't have and uses his big frame more effectively. Despres is more mobile and better with the puck though.
I think an Allen-Bortuzzo pairing give us what Martin-Michalek can't: two big, physical defenders who use their wingspan to rub forwards out of the play and keep the crease clear, plus Bortuzzo has a pretty solid outlet pass. The downside is a loss in overall mobility and the supposed "offense" that Martin is capable of.
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