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02-28-2013, 02:47 PM
The Mars Volchenkov
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Originally Posted by Bender View Post
Our issues with offensive production from the back end could very well be solved by one or both of Barrie and Elliott.
They could, but these guys are far from proven, and unless Elliott improves a ton defensively, I don't see him being much more than a bottom pairing defenseman. And beyond those two, who do they have? Siemens is a defensive guy whose numbers have been slowly declining in juniors and EJ isn't a PPQB. I'm pretty confident in Barrie developing into a top 4 guy, but not so much with Elliott. Just one developing won't suddenly fix the lack of offense from the blue line now or in the future.

I want to get either MDZ or Kulikov in any O'Reilly trade, but I'm not as convinced that Kulikov will be the better defenseman of the two. He's prone to a lot of defensive brain farts himself.

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