AHL Affiliate Discussion: Norfolk Admirals
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10-22-2012, 11:56 AM
Ducks tank is on!
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It's really not about wanting Vatanen in ANA asap. I want the best players in ANA asap, and if the Ducks find out that Sami is in fact better than Lydman, then I really don't think they should hesitate in dealing Lydman. They need to put the best team on the ice. Now that doesn't mean I think they should blindly trade Lydman away. I think they should evaluate Vatanen in training camp/preseason, and if Boudreau feels like Vatanen is a better fit for the current team than Lydman, then Lydman needs to be shipped out.
Like Exit Dose said, we have plenty of solid, stable, shutdown, veteran defenseman between Beauchamin, Allen, and Souray. Having three old veterans, 2 young veterans(Fowler and Sbisa), and one rookie on the blue line is really not a big deal at all. I actually think it would be a nice blend of size, mobility, and puck movement.
Assume Lydman is #7, below Sami. This is established during training camp.
You start the season with the best top 6. Now either A) Souray gets injured or B) Beauchemin has a recurrence. As a result that player is out for an extended period of time. Both quite likely to happen.
You're saying you would rather trade Lydman away after training camp and not be prepared for either scenario? I personally also think trade values are especially low after training camp. Rosters are set and GMs are happy with what they have. You have to wait a couple months or so into the season when teams realize who's underperforming.
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