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08-03-2012, 02:14 PM
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If Blum puts it back together and Ellis plays even reasonably well, the overall D will be vastly improved from what we opened the year with last year. Yes, losing Suter hurts, but Klein is a better Klein than he was, we added Gill, and we have Josi that has proven capable. Blum stunk - he should be better. Ellis replaces the hole that was our #6 most of the year.
Reasonably - we should open missing a #2 (that Josi will grow into over the next couple years) and 3, if not 4, 2nd pair guys. The PP will be different, but a bigger role for Josi, and permanent role for Ellis - and we may not be quite as steady but might not miss Sutes too much there.
All comes back to Blum straightening out his game - if not, GMDP will have to find a guy in a hurry. Offense - better for sure. Goose/Yip > Smithson/Toots.
Unless Poile finds a vet Dman that's just too good to pass, I kinda' hope we wait and see how the D shakes out. If Blum straightens out & Eckholm is serviceable then Poile should be able to focus on trying to find that 1C we really need.
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