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06-26-2012, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by cannucky View Post
everybody seems to be ignoring the obvious , in today's NHL you need fighters who can play minutes instead of sitting on the bench waiting for the nod , Aulie is a big boy who knows how to throw down , Wilson berated him for playing tough physical hockey and forced him to play a style of D he wasn't used to in his second year in the league ,come on both Aulie and Schenn are miles better than Liles who couldn't win a defensive zone puck battle all year and quarterbacked our PP into obscurity in the last third of the season when he came back from injury , We are going to miss both of these young Dmen as teams continue to exploit the 2 real pylons we kept Komi and Liles
Phaneuf/Holzer/Gunnar/Franson all have size, granted Gunnar/Franson aren't exactly "punishing physical D", but our need for size up front was WAY bigger than our need for size on the blueline.

Kessel/Mac/Bozak/Grabo - All small and/or soft
Lupul - Has size, but isn't exactly "punishing" either
Kulemin - probably more of a 3rd line player

Ashton/JVR are both guys who could be huge upgrades in terms of adding some size to our top 6. LA had Brown/Kopitar/Richards/Carter/Penner in their top 6 who either had size and/or physical edge. Our forwards have been completely physically dominated over the past few years, our D hasn't been nearly as bad in that regards.

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