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08-06-2012, 04:51 PM
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Originally Posted by BillyShoe1721 View Post
OEL is much, much more valuable as it stands right now. He's was a top pairing defenseman the second half last year at worst, and a legit #1 in some eyes(including mine). As much potential as Coots showed shutting down the leading scorer in the NHL, he doesn't have as much value as OEL.
It still doesn't make sense to do the deal. Couturier is 2 years younger than OEL, with room to improve his game tremendously.

It's comparing apples and oranges. First line centres will always return more value than first pairing defenseman. It's how it's always been.

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