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11-19-2012, 07:51 AM
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Clarkson is overrated by many. I don't have a problem with the value, only thing I have a problem is how it doesn't fit the Devils needs. Although I'd love to add Hamilton, a Hamilton-Larsson future on defense would be INSANE, the Devils can't afford to trade Clarkson with their lack of scoring up front and their lack of immediate replacements right now. That and their strength, both on the NHL level and in prospect wise, is our defense, so Hamilton isn't really needed.
Similarly, they can't afford to give up their most likely successor to the goaltending position, especially since Brodeur/Hedberg aren't going to be around much longer. Had the scenario been different, let's say Marty was 5 years younger and we resigned Poni or signed another forward, I'd do the deal.
I can understand not wanting to trade Larsson, but to say the offer didnt fit the Devils needs is a lil off. Marchand is a feisty LW who potted close to 30 goals last season. He would help fill the void left by Parise. Subban while unproven, is a tad more highly regarded than Wedgewood. And Subbans time frame would fit the Devils (Brodeur & Hedberg) perfectly as both have contracts expiring after 2 seasons. Perhaps the 'value' is off, but the 'needs' IMO werent off at all.
I also think a few NJ fans are overlooking the impact of losing Parise will have on this team. He was the heartbeat of that team. Lou needs to make sure he finds someone to at least partially fill that void. I expect NJ to struggle this season (if).
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