It's Time to Tank: Who Gets Moved
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04-03-2013, 10:22 AM
Join Date: Nov 2006
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See I feel like we have too many puck moving D's right now and not enough physical defenders who can clear the crease. Kulikov can hit at times and play physical but he's not really a "clear the crease" type. Plus, I dont feel like he's an elite puck mover either like Campbell is. On the squad now, we really just have Gudbranson who could be that crease-clearer and he's been tentative in doing stuff like that this season due to the shoulder injury. So if we get an overpayment for Kulikov, I'm not worried about replacing him really because I dont feel as though he's as critical for our future as some of you guys do. When Campbell's career is winding down, Matheson can learn from him and develop into a replacement. But I always feel like puck movers can be found.
Again, this goes back to what I said above, I'm not saying trade Kulikov because we have Robak. I'm just saying if we do trade Kulikov, at least I'm not as stressed about it because we have depth in young players who are ready to compete for ice time. I would like to see us improve though on some of those players for sure so hopefully we are using our picks in this draft to address the defense more.
Kulikov is not the problem in that regard. He is our best defenseman in our zone. Gud is a crease-clearer and Petrovic will probably be one too. And I think crease clearing d-men are more easily found than puckmovers.
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