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03-02-2013, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by WeekendAtBernies View Post
Personally, I think the answer is to trade Couturier for a #1 defenseman or a potential #1 scoring winger and then to let Laughton assume the #3C role. Would lead to a more balanced lineup IMO.

I don't think Couturier will ever fully realize his offensive potential here on our 3rd line playing the hard minutes against opposing stars. And I think Laughton has the same type of defensive ability. Couturier belongs as a big-minutes #2C somewhere and he's not going to get that shot here IMO.
I have no problem trading Couturier but would rather wait a couple of years to see where his development goes. The Flyers would be selling low now. As far as production, Mike Richards was a point per game player as a third line center between Downie and Hartnell his 3rd year. He could end up better than Brayden Schenn.

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