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08-03-2012, 10:05 AM
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I knew many would disagree with me, and I am not talking about needing a player who fights all the time up there, but it would be nice to have a player who can stand up for his teammates every once in a while if need be. That is why Dubinsky was/is so valuable. They are hard to find.
All I am looking for would be a Simmonds/Hartnell/Kunitz type of complimentary player. Someone with some "jam" as Torts puts it. I know Callahan will do it. Same with Boyle and to a lesser extent Pyatt, but it would be nice to have that top-6 player with some size and snarl to their game. That's all.
I just know how physical the games within the division get. I am holding out hope for Yogan to continue to develop into that type of top-9 power-forward who can do some of that. Miller is in that same mold as well.
I don;t think Yogan is ready yet. I think he has at least half of a good season in the AHL away from getting the call. He needs to stay healthy to do that though. I like Yogan but only time will tell what we get out of him.
Of course it would be nice to add another top 9 power forward type who will stick up for their teammates but i don;t think it will make a difference between this team winning a cup or not. They have enough guys, imo, that can stick up for players. I mean if that was such a concern around the NHL you'd have at least one guy who will drop the gloves on each of your top 3 lines. But you don't see that. You barely see it on the 3rd line. If they want to add such a player i'm sure there will be something at the deadline available. I, myself, still hold out hope for Iginla at the deadline as a rental. He can go back to CGY after the year is over.
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