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12-09-2012, 01:44 AM
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Freudian
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In my opinion, Avs trading O'Reilly for Gardiner plus small plus would make them a worse team today and most likely tomorrow.

That doesn't mean Gardiner is a bad player. He has good offensive skill and skating and a very manly chin. I'd probably want to see how he does in a system that doesn't play run and gun losing hockey before trading anything significant for him, but I think there is a good chance he's a legit top four PMD.

While the current Avs d-core is a merry bunch of misfits, they also have Barrie, Elliott and Siemens in the pipeline. I wouldn't be surprised if Barrie makes the jump this year and he has excelled as a PMD at every stage of his career. I think Avs will be fine for the time being.

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