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05-30-2012, 03:20 PM
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The real issue is that the Hawks D as a unit is soft. Seabrook will hit, but doesn't intimidate. Keith, Hammer, Oduya and Leddy comprise possibly the softest group of soft dmen in the NHL. So, the question begs, how do the Hawks toughen up their D yet remain competitive. Keith is staying and I'm guessing Leddy is too. Obviously, Oduya is now for a couple of years, as well. Personally, I can live with Hammer and Oduya as a defensive pairing if Montador is done due to concussion issues. If that's the case and assuming that O'Donnell is hanging up his skates, the Hawks could get a couple of tough d men for the 3rd unit. A guy like Carkner on Ottawa comes to mind. There's a kid on Pittsburgh I would love to have as well. I'm sure there's a host of others. There has to be some accountability to other teams that comes from the back end. I simply want to see Hammer do more open ice hitting to keep the other team honest. He's capable of it, but just doesn't do it.

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