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08-06-2012, 09:22 PM
Adam Warlock
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Originally Posted by Giroux tha Damaja View Post
Why is Couturier more likely?

There are tons of forwards who didn't pan out or under achieved also. That list of under achieving defensemen doesn't really mean squat. It seems like people on this board just don't want to face the obvious...OEL was a #1 defenseman in the play offs last year for a team that went to the conference finals. He's shouldered a bigger load than Couturier and has proven himself able to perform well. He's already closer to achieving his potential than Couturier is (which makes sense, given his longer time in the league).

People who think that this is a fair one-for-one swap for Phoenix are kidding themselves. It could work as the basis for a trade with us adding...but as is, it's pretty unfair.
OEL also plays on a team with a very defensive minded system. Couturier shut down the leading point getter in the NHL in a completely open series...and he did it his rookie year. He is only going to get stronger and smarter, so his defensive game isnt going anywhere. His ability to shut down Malkin alone makes him incredibly valuable for the Flyers, who play the Pens 6 times a year. It is too soon to tell what his offensive game will develop into, but the potential for him to become a 70 point guy who can shutdown the opponents best player is there...those players are incredibly rare.

I am not saying OEL has no value, I just dont think hes worth giving up a player like Couts for.

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