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12-28-2012, 05:21 PM
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Originally Posted by JackFr View Post
You think Niskanen is a downgrade over a 39-year old Gonchar?

The incentive is that Gonchar is old, declining, and eats up 5.5 million in cap space. Niskanen is young, getting better every year, and is a great deal at 2.3 million.

You and I both know that the Senators' best years are ahead of them. They will not be a contender this year, so a player like Niskanen is an upgrade over Gonchar.
To be honest, I have no idea why any Penguins fan would want to trade either Engelland or Niskanen, considering how much they cost and how well they performed last year. Particularly for Gonchar, whose ****** defense was a big part of why we lost in the playoffs the last time he was here. For example:

That's what we want to bring back to a defense that performed as poorly as it did in the playoffs last year? At the expense of a cheap young defenseman who actually played well in his own end?

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