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01-07-2013, 09:57 PM
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Voracek scored 49 points last year on the 2nd line as he was stuck behind Jagr. This season he will be on the top line with Giroux and Hartnell. 60 points isn't out of the question for him.
Plekanec is average to slightly above average in defensive play. Who is going to make up for the loss in defensive play from Couturier?
Couturier was playing on a line with 4th line players last year got almost no PP time and still scored 27 points. His offense has only picked up during the lockout while in the AHL.
While Subban is good, I don't think this combined deal makes the flyers better.
Palusha and Bourdon are basically throw ins in this deal.
The flyers surplus is center. We are somewhat weak at LW. So we are trading from a strength and weekness for another center and a D man.
The added salary we take on just doesn't work out.
Plekanec played on the second line with Moen and Darche for half the year and still put up more points. With competent offensive players he's put up ~70 points twice. Again, there's no argument for Voracek being the better player right now.
Who will replace Couturier's defensive play? Umm, I don't know? Maybe the guy who only a year ago finished 13th in Selke voting (15th this year, in a down year)? The guy who shut down Crosby (5 points in 7 games), Ovechkin/Backstrom (had two outstanding games, but were held to 5 points combined in the other 5 games) and Krejci (held to one point in 7 games, then went on to lead the playoffs in scoring as the Bruins won the cup) in the playoffs? The guy who, this year, played the second most PK minutes among all NHL forwards and lead the Habs to the #2 overall penalty kill?
He's either one of the most underrated players in the league, or you're just badly misinformed.
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