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07-13-2012, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by shutehinside View Post
I wasn't talking about those types of players but rather younger players who can eventually be a top 4 player but don't have the time or the experience for the role right now. Someone who as I said above can fill in a pinch but isn't relied on for the bulk of the work. There are a lot of good serviceable defensmen around the league who can do that who aren't Sopel, Mara, etc. Franson is a guy who I'd go after. Top 4 guy in Nashville but injuries held him back in Toronto, Hjarmalsson, Carle, Allen etc etc. guys who can fill out the bottom pairing but aren't going to be a liability.

So again, I think we have quantity but not much quality, yet. That can easily change with a trade and signing or two.
I won't argue with you that these guys would be great on a bottom-pairing. But we're not really talking about serviceable defensemen anymore with some of the salaries involved (3.5-5.5 range for the last 3 you mentioned)

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