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01-31-2013, 10:02 PM
Tender Rip
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If Niskanen returns from injury and plays like he did before, it is him if the buying team is in the running for the playoffs. For a bottom feeder, I think Despres has more value as his ceiling is significantly higher.

Ultimately I think Despres is looking so much like a player who can be a long term solution on the top 4 for us, bringing size we genuinely need and a good alround game with his great skating, that you have to hold on to him.

Niskanen has been money for us, and the only reasons to moving him are that 1: If you have Letang in the top four it will always make it iffy having Niskanen there too as they have the same strengths and weaknesses - only Letang is superior. Neither will ever be right for a genuine shutdown unit and they should not play together (in the playoffs at least), because the pairing is just too small to consistently go against opponents best. Niskanen is great on the third pairing, but with the bevvy of affordable young talent we have there (and Engelland who is important in his own way), it is asset mismanagement considering Niskanen a third pairing D-man.
2: Niskanen has trade value and his positive characteristics can be replaced from within, as it is the only area where we are knee-deep in quality prospects.

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