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12-06-2012, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Randall Ritchey View Post
If we could do a one-for-one move dealing Schwartz for Despres, I would be thrilled.
I'd be okay with this too if the Pens did this trade, but I'm not sure if it would happen anytime soon since they are currently limited in legit NHL defensemen at the moment.

After trading away Michalek and getting no real replacements back, they're left with Orpik, Letang, Martin and Niskanen as their top 4. The bottom pairing would be a rotation of borderline guys like Engelland, Lovejoy, Strait and Bortuzzo, or guys with little to no NHL experience in Despres, Dumoulin, and Morrow. Engelland and Despres would most likely fill out that 3rd pairing, but the part I'm uneasy about is that looking past the top 6, there's really not much quality depth.

One thing that the Penguins defense knows how to do, is to get injured and having Despres around gives the team a bit more current depth and confidence.

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