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01-18-2013, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by XX View Post
No it's not. Aucoin was great for us. He lead the D in +/- the last two years. Z is not some magical cure-all. He was -13, good enough to tie with Lisin, while Ken effin Klee was +7 in 08-09. Z was also +0 on a stacked Penguins team, and both years he was their worst full time D apart from Niskanen in one.

Temper your expectations. He is not a 'huge' upgrade over Aucoin. He is more mobile, but they play similar games and I expect similar results, which is just peachy.
Aucoin never returned to where he was before his lower body injury (what ever that was) and wasn't all that effective during the end of the season and the playoffs. I do expect OEL's game to pick up with the pairing of him and Michalek and that's why Z is a lot better fit.

I expect Stone to be recalled sometime during the season and Rundblad to be sent down.

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