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03-11-2013, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by wej20 View Post
Why couldn't Kunitz play a defensive role or kill penalties? He skates well, hits and plays well defensively. He's shown throughout his career that he can compliment skill plays (Crosby, Malkin, Getzlaf, Selanne, etc)
He can do those things, but can he do them at an Olympic level? I don't want Kunitz out there agianst Malkin or the Sedins, I can tell you that. Agreed on your second sentence; the guy's a pretty good player, but we need to put him in a position to succeed. Crosby's played with him a few years now, so they've developed some good chemistry, but a superior player (think Tavares) would probably produce better results and also give you flexibility if that pairing doesn't work out. With Kunitz, you don't really get that same versatility.

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