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06-18-2012, 12:58 AM
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Ron
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Stoll's season was terrible but he shone in the playoffs.

Face-offs are important (extremely important) and to use that aspect as a bargaining chip to dump Stoll is really a bad idea. Just look at New Jersey's forecheck throughout the entire series (okay, forget periods 2 and 3 in the final game, when their spirit was already crushed)...winning faceoffs enabled that forechecking and cost us at least three goals in the series that I am aware of.

Although I argued for dumping Stoll and Lewis (and even Penner) during the regular season, I now say keep Stoll, Penner, and Fraser as well.

I still think Lewis is expendable. He did well in game 6 (great game), but there is no better bet in hockey that this guy will flub a breakaway anytime he has the chance. Hands of stone.

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