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03-02-2013, 12:43 AM
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Toward the end of last season Larsen was our best defenseman and he played superbly in Finland when given responsibility. Larsen may or may not fit in Dallas but it's way, way too early to throw in the towel on him as to whether he's an NHL caliber defenseman. Just like Niskanen, when everyone wanted him gone, good coaching would go a long way to helping Larsen be the player he's capable of. He's just not getting that, time on ice, or the right partner to help him play his game.
I wouldn't give up on him either, but people really need to lower their expectations for the kid. There is far too much time spent worrying about a guy who might top out as an average 3-5 d-man. He doesn't have a very high ceiling. He will be lucky to become a Robidas type of player, a guy who can handle his own end despite size issues with limited offensive capability. I'm fine keeping him around to see if he can improve, but he's a much lower priority than the development of guys like Dillon, Oleksik, and Nemeth.
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He could have traded Ott instead of exending him. He could have traded Ryder for a combination of prospect/picks. He could have done any number of things differently. This year he still has Roy. Saying he's never had anything to sell is not entirely accurate.
The Ott deal wasn't a worry. Ott looked like he was on his way to being a regular 20 goal scorer. Sadly, he OT too big dr his britches and fell in love with being pesky.
Overall, though it jut seems like you are overstating how much differently a real rebuild would have looked over the past few years. This team made no effort to improve its roster from the time Nieuwy arrived until July of last year. It was forced into a default rebuild by attrition. Sadly, the farm was empty, so we saw a long list of bad players and retreads take up space while a newer crop of useful youth just now arrived.
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