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06-13-2012, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Monarchist View Post
Maybe one day. I expect him to be far below that level in the near future.



Mitchell has been the best defenseman on the ice many games, certainly the best defensive defenseman. He is declining, albeit from a high peak. A development of some kind has to be happen to keep the defense on the same level. This doesn't have to be signing a free agent; Forbort living up to nearly all of his potential, and doing it ahead of schedule, would work. But sticking with your oldest players and relying on them isn't a way to stay just as good as you were in the past. And Hickey and Deslauriers will never be as good defensively as Mitchell.

So we don't need to address it this offseason, but still have to very soon. So now is a good time, if someone like Suter is available.
Suter is the best ufa dman this offseason and there is nobody better coming up next year or the year after. So if you want a dman then Suter is the guy because nobody will be available in the next couple years who is better. But it would cost too much to get him and spending at least 13m on two defenseman will handcuff DL. Its just not happening because its not only unnecessary but its not smart.

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