Thread: Proposal: StL - PIT
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12-18-2012, 05:36 PM
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Originally Posted by bleedblue1223 View Post
We need a better skater for our system and someone who is more well-rounded with the loss of Colaiacovo. We need someone who can play some PP minutes. It is very likely that, that guy could be Cole and he is having a pretty good year with Peoria.

We don't need a straight shutdown guy because whoever we get will be paired with Pietrangelo, and there are very few players that can be a better shutdown guy than Pietrangelo. Orpik is older and beginning to decline, and really wouldn't improve us that much. Our need has been blown out of proportion on HF. Pietrangelo finished 4th in the Norris and his pairing shut opponents down and he played with Colaiacovo, Huskins, and Cole. As long as Pietrangelo is healthy, we are fine. If Pietrangelo gets hurt, it doesn't matter who his partner is, we would be screwed.
I can see the logic in wanting more of a two-way guy in losing C.C., but to me a guy like Orpik is the perfect guy to be paired with Pietrangelo. Of course Pietrangelo is a great shut down guy, he is one of the best dmen in the league and has elite IQ and positioning. But he is also a guy that should be free to roam the ice and move the puck forward, and control the puck from the point in the o-zone, so a staple like Orpik would be perfect. Just like how Orpik - Letang works.

Originally Posted by Dangles78 View Post
This trade proposal has been brought up so many times.

Blues fans are firm with their belief they don't need Orpik, but Pens fans shouldn't even be thinking about trading Orpik right now.

Scoring isn't the Penguins problem, defense is, or the system is. There aren't many prospects that could replace Orpik. Bortuzzo? Maybe. Ruopp? Sure, in 3-4 years. Dumoulin? No, not really.

It's like people don't understand that playing the style of play Orpik does eventually slows him down OR that he just had a bad season while struggling through injuries. This lockout will benefit Orpik and he'll be fine. Just like Martin, people are starting to write off Orpik. These are still very capable defenders in the NHL.
Simon Despres. Bylsma has already been quoted that he likes Despres and Letang together and want to try them as a full-time pair, and that would obviously be pairing number one.

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