Thread: Proposal: Cbj-nyr
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01-14-2013, 05:44 PM
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From the CBJ perspective, broken down thusly.

On the blueline:
Tyutin and Nikitin were an excellent pairing last season in all zones, and the blueline as a whole looks to be taking shape nicely. Johnson and Wisniewski showed chemistry in limited action down the stretch last season as well, and both of those are probably set as pairings.

Bringing in Del Zotto would have two notable effects:
- Lose a valuable pairing in its entirety, and
- Need to shuffle through a variety of defensemen, trying to find someone to play alongside Del Zotto

Up front:
MacKenzie for Rupp by itself would be a downgrade. We've seen Rupp; he was useless here. Most of us have seen Rupp since he left; he's still useless. Rupp is older and more expensive, and less versatile.

For those who haven't seen him before, MacKenzie is a smart bottom-6 player who can play with nearly anyone on a roster. Put him on a scoring line, and the results won't be great, but he won't embarrass himself out there either. Put him on a checking line, and he can either forecheck like a demon or play physical. He's also one of the longest-tenured Jackets; he was one of the first players Howson signed.

Letestu really picked up his play once the coaching switch occurred and his role became more clearly defined. He basically floundered under Arniel but took off once Richards came in.

Other considerations
The extra roster spot is generally meaningless. Columbus has a large number of players who can be sent down or called up without needing to clear waivers, so that's not a meaningful consideration.

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