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07-27-2012, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by tsujimoto74 View Post
I'd have no issue with signing Hecht in that capacity if he proves to be healthy -- maybe the Sabres invite him to training camp before offering a contract to see were he's at physically?
The thing that gets me about swapping Vanek for Marleau is that, imo, it's just as important to Hodgson's development that he have a quality scoring winger to play with as it is that we have enough depth at center that there isn't too much pressure on him. I'd have to assume Marleau would be used in a two-way capacity, which would likely mean he'd get more time with Pommer than Hodgson would, which would leave Hodgson's linemate options as Adam, Tropp, Ott, Leino...2 other youngsters, a guy who's underperformed, and a guy that just isn't that much of a goal-scorer.
I suggested Hecht as the backup plan a while back...but it all depends on his health. Hecht is a guy you could sign even halfway through training camp if the G-men dont look ready--Jochen knows the team, he knows the system, etc.

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You could do worse than Hecht in that spot. Way worse.

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