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02-01-2013, 08:43 PM
Ricky Bobby
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Kostka is a right handed shot which makes him a natural to play on the right side. Carlyle has made it a priority to play Dion at his natural left side (unlike the majority of his career) and that is the # 1 reason Kostka has been paired with Dion.

I've thought for a long time Dion should be a left D to improve his game defensively and overall impact. Right now Dion is going through the growing pains of that switch but in the long term I think it will pay off and Dion will become a much more complete Dman.

I also wouldn't write Kostka off for the powerplay yet. He scored a point a game in the AHL as a Dman. Give him a bit of time but most likely once Gardiner returns his PP minutes will drop.

If Phaneuf sticks on the left side, Gunnarson might be the odd man out very soon and be trade bait because Gardiner, Reilly, Liles, Ranger and Finn are also all lefties. He could be used to upgrade other areas of the roster like the right side of our D, goaltending and center.

Last edited by Ricky Bobby: 02-01-2013 at 09:33 PM.
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