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02-18-2013, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by BerSTUzzi View Post
The slight regression of the Ballard/Tanev combo (though better than any other bottom 2 pairing) I believe we need to swap Ballard for a right side D man. I agree that Edler's biggest issue is he does not look like a happy camper on the right side, even when we won 6 games he had 1-3 gaps a game that a goalie bailed him out on.

I would like to see

Edler X
Hamhuis Bieksa
Garrison Tanev

I am not a Ballard hater at all but he's the only left side D I'd be willing to part with.
At this point, I'd trade Ballard for Ehrhoff or M. Streit out of NYI (adding a minor prospect or a pick to even it up).

Though Ballard has played well, I liked Edler when he was the defensive conscience on his pairing. Not that Ehrhoff didn't have his faults (and his contract is just goofy).

Anyhow, I'd expect (hope?) Edler continues to improve. He looks jittery out there at times, and I wonder how he'd to against an aggressive forecheck.

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