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01-22-2013, 06:54 PM
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But that's what a number 1 defenseman is. This isn't like a situation in kindergarten where you get a gold star for showing up. There's a certain class of the league that are #1 defensemen. Just because you're your teams best defenseman doesn't mean you're a #1 defenseman. If that's the case, Dick Tarnstrom sure enjoyed his time in the sun in the early 2000's being a #1 defenseman in the NHL.

Letang can be a #1 defenseman, but I wouldn't call him one at this moment...he has some proving to do. He's a top pairing defenseman, sure, but he still needs a supporting cast around him, particularly someone to work the puck on the powerplay. He's not going to make a defensive partner better. He needs someone to complement him. That's why Shero has been on a search for someone to pair with Letang.

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