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02-07-2013, 10:47 AM
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Echoing what other Pens fans already said - Lovejoy is a cheap (both in trade value and cap hit) depth defenseman who doesn't excel at anything but is skilled enough to stick around as a 7th defenseman. A bit of a late bloomer, he worked his way up from an undrafted AHL signee to a multi-year NHL one-way deal (even if it's at league minimum) but being almost 29 he'll never be more than he is now.

The Reverend has solid size but will never use it the way you'd hope. Not afraid to take a hit but won't dish out much, has zero mean streak to him so he's rather easy to play against. Skates well and can join the rush or make some passes. Also has a right-handed shot that's not very hard but usually gets through to the net. From doing a quick check you don't seem to have any righties at all on D except for Vatanen. Biggest downside is he cannot handle prolonged pressure in his own zone as he's not very strong along the boards and tends to lose his assignments, leaving people open for easy goals.

Also a pretty likeable guy and good teammate but with Després and Bortuzzo stepping up like they have there was no room for him anymore. Most Pens fans are relieved to see him go because we were afraid Bylsma would play him over the two kids, but otherwise most of us wish him well.

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