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08-21-2012, 04:35 PM
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Drydenwasthebest
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Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post
He's not disposable.

If the best trade offers that come in for either DD or Plekanec are all garbage, then it is better to convert DD to wing than to trade him.
No, it is better to leave DD at center with Pacioretty and Cole. They are our top line and the main reason is "chemistry", the kind you can not buy. Is it possible that DD regresses? Sure it is. It is also possible that he becomes our own Giroux. Did you know DD had a better 1st full NHL season than Giroux did? No, I am not saying DD IS better than Giroux. I am NOT saying he will be. However, the truth is that he COULD be. As others have demonstrated, DD has plenty of ability to improve. Keep DD with Cole and Pacioretty, and see how much better that line becomes when we have a true second line that is an offensive threat to take some pressure off our top line.

There is NO reason to screw up our top line at this point in time. Chemistry is truly important, moreso than simple skill, sometimes. Ask Blue Jackets fans how well Carter and Nash worked together, and you might start to understand the true value of keeping DD right where he is...at least until he fails to produce on a consistent basis.

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