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02-12-2013, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by SteveV View Post
Before we start dishing D men, keep in mind Kostka is fast becoming marginal NHL material, so nobody should slot him in long term. Kostka is getting worse as the season goes on, the adrenaline is waning and his true flaws apparent, and at this point should really be benched.
While I do agree with this I did like more or what I saw from him last night. He appeared to be shiftier with the puck, making shoulder fakes and creating an extra second for himself to dish the puck.

That said, it's not likely we'll miss him if he's out of the lineup. He doesn't hit (fewer than Liles this year according to NHL.com), and at 6'1" he's not an intimidating presence. We can easily slot Gardiner or Gunnar in there.

The problem will be when we need to insert both Gunnar AND Gardiner - we'll start losing lots of our size and strength on the blue line when that happens.

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