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08-23-2012, 09:33 AM
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Location: Arlington, VA
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Twitter rumor says, the offer is Martin for Setoguchi + Stoner
I will pray for Shero every night, if he can make this trade
Who's, uh, going to play defense next year?
The Pens have a lot of NHL caliber defensemen, but really only 3 true "top 4" guys that can play tough even-strength minutes against good competition: Letang, Martin and Orpik. (And even they have their moments of not looking so great).
Niskanen is a good player and improving within the system all the time, but asking him to be a #4 (which it looks like the Pens may do next season) seems like a stretch enough. Asking him to be a #3 is even worse.
Despres, highly sheltered as a #6 in the NHL with huge offensive zone starts against checking players last season, is not going to make the jump to seamless top-four minute eater this season.
Engelland is not a top 4 guy on a team with contending aspirations.
Absent acquiring at least one solid, reliable defenseman the Pens can't really afford to trade Martin or Orpik in an off-season where they already dealt off one struggling top 4 defenseman for no NHL assets.
Pittsburgh needs another top 6 forward, but they need even more not to trade away a top defensemen unless there's a firm plan to immediately make another move to replace him.
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