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Riku Helenius signs a 2-year deal
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06-14-2012, 11:32 AM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Upstate New York
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I like the signing. Low risk, high reward.
If we could get 2 top 4 D to play with Brewer/Hedman and let the rest (Aulie, Lee, Mickleson, Gudas, ...) fight for the bottom pairing where they belong (MAB power play only) then Garon/Riku would be OK I think, especially if we get a decent goalie coach.
It is the D that makes the goalie. Denis looked fine behind CBJ D and system and less than awful here; Smith looked bad behind our D then played like a top 5 goalie for Phoenix.
I honestly believe Barbario deserves a major shot at the blue line next year. Kid was Ahl d-man of the year. He looked better than the "all mighty" Gardiner, and he was very composed with the puck. Could see him jumping right in and making our D much better. A bottom line of Gudas and Aulie could be scary as a shut down line as well. I think these three players instantly make an impact on our Dcore.
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