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06-08-2012, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Ricky Bobby View Post
Despres only played 18 games and about 14 minutes a night in the regular season. In the playoffs he played less than 10 minutes a night. What makes people think he'd instantly be ready for top 4 minutes (20+) a night.

The Pens are better off holding onto Martin unless they've got somewhere else that they need to spend the money.

Is he overpaid, yeah probably by a million but every UFA gets overpaid. But he's a very good 2nd pairing dman who if playing at the top of his game can be a good # 2.

The depth of free agent Dmen this year and next year isn't good at all and those guys will also all get overpaid. To acquire an upgrade over Martin will cost the team valuable assets like 1st round picks, top prospects that the team doesn't have the organizational depth to give up.
Niskanen and Despres would share Martin's minutes, they'd wouldn't all go straight to Despres.

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