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01-30-2013, 04:06 AM
Tender Rip
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As someone who is not scared of losing a playoff spot despite major reservations about our coach, starting goalie etc. I honestly don't think Niskanen's injury is without its benefits.

It will mean significant minutes for Despres and that should either make it possible for him to acclimate to the extent that he can be a third pairing player in the playoffs, or it will increase his value for an eventual trade.
If Lovejoy got injured tonight, we get to see Bortuzzo which is fine for the same reasons.

Ultimately, never mind if the kids do well or not, I hope to see a top4 UFA rental signed at the deadline, because the OP is right that we have loads of talent to populate the third pairing with interesting players plus Engelland, but our top pairings are not very complementary at all... even if Niskanen could by now qualify as a top4 D-man on many teams.

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