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06-08-2012, 02:18 PM
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Ricky Bobby
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Originally Posted by Kingfish79 View Post
Uhh, No. Ever hear of Matt Niskanen? No need to push Despres to a top 4 spot yet. If we move Martin, there is little need to move Niskanen.
Despres hasn't even played half a season of NHL hockey.

Pittsburgh is better off keeping Martin until they've got an upgrade for him. The Pens spend to cap and aalary cap space is only relevant if you've got somewhere better to spend it and in trades the assets necessary to acquire. Even with Niskanen and Martin that leave the Pens with only 5 good dmen and 6 if Despres proves he's ready for regular 15+ minutes a night.

Injuries happen all the time and depth is extremely important for a D group.

Just ask Vancouver how depth at D has hurt them in past playoffs when all of a sudden guys like Alberts were having to take on key roles or Philly in the this years playoffs.

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