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12-29-2012, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by MandyAlwaysKnows View Post
So acquiring a top 4 D with great history with the Pens while substantially increasing the Pens' chance of winning the Cup is ''giving Niskanen away''.



And no, the Sens don't want Niskanen for Gonchar, that's not enough.

Niskanen is the most overrated 3rd pair D-man ever. Doesn't play the PK, is horrible on the PP and is only there because there are no other options.
Trading Niskanen for Gonchar doesn't 'substantially' increase the Penguins chance of winning. Offense is not a problem, defense is. Gonchar is worse defensively than Niskanen.

Doesn't matter if the Sens don't want Niskanen for Gonchar, the Penguins would be stupid to make that trade anyway.

It's good to know that the most 'overrated 3rd pairing defenseman of all time' is never really hyped up and barely mentioned in conversation, even in Pittsburgh. Niskanen has been nothing short of excellent since coming to Pittsburgh as a throw in. He isn't going to win a Norris any time soon, but he plays rock solid bottom 4 minutes and can play on either the PK or PP without much worry.

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