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12-12-2012, 04:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Beegoalie View Post
Because the ONLY way he is playing a top 6 role with the likes of Heatley, Koivu, Coyle, Granlund, Zucker, Phillips, Larsson,Lucia and future FA signings around is if he plays on another team.
There's the problem. You're locking-in players for a future top-6 that have no business being locked-in. Heatley's time is running out. He's not going to keep a deserving player out of the top-6. And what have the rest (minus Koivu) proven that guarantees them top-6 consideration but not Haula? They're all just prospects like Haula, and one can argue that Haula has a greater likelihood of being a top-6 forward than some of them.

And say Haula isn't a top-6 guy. Well, he's showing a smart, all-around game that can work just fine on the 3rd-line.

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