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09-10-2012, 07:10 AM
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No offense, but Boyle would be a much better mentor for Hedman than Salo, and would also provide a stabilizing presence so Lindback goes from having two of the top 5 defensemen in the league in front of him to the team with the worst GAA in the league last year.
Not going to try and pretend that the Bolts defense wasn't awful last season, but there are a couple of points you're forgetting.
1. This isn't the same defense as last year. Not even close. Salo and Carle in. Gervais and Clark in. Lee for Gilroy at the deadline was an improvement as well.
2. The goaltending was as bad as the defense. Lindback is unproven, but he doesn't have to come in and be a top five goalie right away. All he has to do is be better than Roloson. And for all the grief that Garon gets (and he did deserve it at the beginning of the season), there was a long stretch where he was pretty damn good. If he hadn't gotten injured, the Bolts may have been a playoff team.
Back on topic. Trading MSL is simply a no go. Opens a huge hole on the top six. Purcell is good, but is no Marty. Connolly isn't ready yet, Brown had a whopping five games with the Bolts, so we don't know about him.
Add in the heart and soul factor that Marty brings. He makes everybody around him better, by his play and by the example he provides. No deal for the Lightning.
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