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12-23-2012, 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by mpp9 View Post
Trading Michalek all but assured Niskanen is getting a top 4 role this year. I'd bring Gonch back as a PP specialist, if he outplays Niskanen at ES then great.

And people on here "ride his jack so hard" b/c he was our only consistent D-man in the Philly series aside from Letang. And he played 20+ minutes quite a bit last year. Getting 1st unit PP time and going up against the tough matchups. It is what it is. The kid's rebounded here and I'd like to see what he can do as our #4.
Letang was even iffy. My issue with the hype for Niskanen is that his skill level is being blown out of proportion. He is definitely the most consistent D on the team. That being said, I don't like the idea of bringing in a D that is getting paid $5.5 million to be a number 5. For that money, he better be in the top-4.

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