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03-17-2013, 05:13 PM
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The scary thing about the makeup of the blueline as Gillis has built it right now, is that there's no moving parts. It's basically locked in for the long haul. Everyone has a NTC, aside from Ballard (who is going to be very tough to move, but is clearly the guy who has to go, but isn't really a core piece anyway) and Tanev (why would you even think about moving him?).

I mean, we're talking half a decade of our defence locked in with big ticket guys, and we're still not even sure all 4 of the 'big guys' can play in the top-4 together.

And then we have Gillis' immense 'patience' saddling us with a player in Ballard who still isn't being used @ $4.2M and multiple years left...instead of Ehrhoff who had an immense impact on multiple crucial aspects of our game.

It's just scary that if in the next year or two, this team continues on it's downward trend overall...there's not a whole lot that can be done to change the makeup of that blueline. Gillis has been handing NTCs out like candy, to shave $500k off various contracts.

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