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03-31-2013, 01:56 AM
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Son Oncle Jerry
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Originally Posted by habtastic View Post
Wasn't there an evaluation that Ellis might be better than Tinordi and Beaulieu.

I'm not a fan of giving him up.

Get Bourque back and let's go with what we've got - it ain't too shabby even if Clowe adds an extra dimension. Rene did the same and could score too.
Bourque has trouble skating without having an headache right now. He's not coming back anytime soon.

Ellis' progression has been virtually non-existant this year, and anyway, we're going to find some room on our back-end for next season anyway. There's a logjam on D, and we can't afford playing capable d-men low minutes in the AHL. They need ice time to improve, and if we have to sacrifice a piece, it has to be Ellis.

As for the reports of Ellis being better than both of those guys, they've got to come from some hopeful fans. It's not gonna happen.

You have Beaulieu, Tinordi, Pateryn, Ellis, Dietz and Bennett next season in the A. That's 6 very young d-men. You need some vet presence in there. And what are you going to do? Play Dietz 14 minutes per game against weak opposition? Play Bennett in the ECHL?

We need roster spots, and we're going to have an let go one of these guys anyway. Might as well give one away and maximize his value while we have some concrete needs.

If getting Clowe can prevent Boston from getting him, it's even better.

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