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03-15-2013, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by MarkGio View Post
Whoa Nelly. I'm not advocating we over pay for Riberio because yes, he's a UFA that can walk. I just think regardless where this team proceeds, we need a legit top 6 centremen between our wingers, whoever they are. I don't think Backlund is that. I don't like the idea of Stajan and Backlund facing Crosby, Toews, Kopitar, Spezza, Thorton, etc and so forth.

I think this club has proven to me know matter what coach, no matter what talent, if you don't have a legit #1/2 center, you'll never be more than average at best
I also don't like that idea much but Riberio is not the solution is a good player on a very good streak, we aren't on a position to simply give up on a player that has looked great this year (maybe you were expecting more but Backlund looks like a top 6 player). I would rather run with Backlund/Stajan then trade a good trading piece (stemps) and Backlund for a stop gap. We need to be thinking long term and long term Riberio is not the answer Backlund might have a spot.

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