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07-18-2012, 12:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Black1963 View Post
It's a tough call as both Hickey and 44DD are both undervalued imo. That is why I've suggested trading away Martinez instead but perhaps, that's not the best of ideas either.

Hickey was nhl ready last year and I expect him to be that much better this year. Even if he did perform well, there's still no room for him unfortunately unless there's a roster move made.
Martinez is only 2 years older than Hickey and he already has established himself as a bottom pair/2nd unit PP defenseman in the NHL. Why would you move him to open a spot for a player who hasn't even played a single game in the NHL? Martinez isn't "NHL ready", he is "NHL established".

If Hickey beats out Drewiske and Muzzin in camp, he will be the #7. If he doesn't, then maybe another team picks him up and gives him a shot. Or he ends up back in the AHL for another year.

Martinez > Hickey/Drewiske/Muzzin

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