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10-01-2012, 11:36 AM
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I don't think it means anything to Phaneuf, other than he'll likely see his minutes slip a little. IMO, Gardiner's ceiling is a #3 guy on this team. Phaneuf is a top pairing guy and Rielly has the potential to be a good #1 in the league. I think our defense will shape up very well in the future, but I'd like to see another big, defensive guy added to the third pairing (maybe MacWilliam?). In 2-3 years I see the team looking like:

Rielly-Phaneuf
Gardiner-Holzer
Gunnarsson-Granberg
MacWilliam-Blacker

I'm assuming that Liles, Franson and Ranger no longer playing with the team. That'd be a nice team and we'd still have Percy and Finn in the minors! Pretty crazy if you ask me. Our defensive depth is out of this world.

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