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12-16-2012, 03:35 PM
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Knowing Vancouver's roster well myself, and given the OP's statements on the Jets are accurate IMO..
Jensen, Tanev and a 1st is probably about right. Three good prospects from Vancouver, certainly. But Byfuglien hasn't even reached his potential as an all around player. Probably never will, but he definitely grew as a defenseman a ton over the course of the year.
The two young guys and a 1st would certainly fill two of our long term spots. Claude Noel has been known for developing defenseman specifically. That alone makes me think the Jets should hang on to Buff. He's a game changer in a way not many defenseman are.
Put it this way, the package Vancouver would be giving up would put them in ultra win now mode, but short term Buff would be worth it.
Imagine Bieksa, but 275 lbs with better skating ability paired with Hamhuis...
Steep price. I'd pass on that, but understand why you'd ask for it.
Bieksa and Byfuglien aren't very comparable though. They're both tough guys, Bieksa is much better defensively while Byfuglien is better offensively and on the PP.
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