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11-18-2012, 01:59 AM
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I'm not going to debate the merits of either of the OP's, however I do see the first deal as being the closest in terms of value and organizational needs. But to say Edler and Buff are a wash is asinine. Edler is a far superior defenseman. Offensively they might be a wash but in terms of overall defensive ability Edler and Byfuglien shouldn't be mentioned in the same conversation.
Edler can do things Byfuglien cannot. And Byfuglien can do things Edler cannot. Two different styles of play.
Edler is great, but watching Buff manhandle people sure is fun to watch. He brings a cannon shot and a lot of offense. I wouldnt look at Buff in a defensive defenseman kind of way. I like to look at Buff as more of a Rover. Enstrom just needs to make sure hes on the ball (which often he is). Its not all there yet, but its getting there.
Buff is an intangible, and he has a very distinct presence. All players, coaches, and fans take notice.
This sets him apart from not only Edler, but from all other hockey players.
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