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09-21-2012, 12:05 AM
Join Date: Jul 2003
Hjarlmarsson is a horse. He can eat big minutes without hurting you, and coaches love those dmen even if they aren't flashy with the puck or making big hits. He's a very steady #4-5 kind of guy.
Phoenix has a number of young dmen that need ice time to develop. And while Hjarlmarsson is probably more reliable than Summers, Stone, Schlemko, etc -- he also does not have the upside, and his contract is less cap friendly.
As much as Phoenix could use a center prospect like McNeil, I don't see any reason they would consider trading a top tier dman for McNeil or Hjarlmarsson. If they wanted a veteran dman instead of making room for a young guy, they would have simply kept Rossival.
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