Robert Bortuzzo Appreciation Thread (and Bort+Elmer pairing)
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04-04-2013, 12:28 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Toronto, Canada
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With how martin was playing and how the team is playing without him, i can really see him finishing his contract here. Him and letang as mentors for the young guys would be great.
I totally agree and have been saying the same thing for a couple of months now. I think we should trade Brooks this summer 100% (preferably at the draft to get some picks/prospects back, etc.), and then look to keep Martin not only to the end of his contract, but possibly extend him when he hits UFA, as well.
(Keeping Martin long-term would also give us the flexibility to trade Niskanen at some point, as well)
Line-up in 1-2 years:
(2 of Engo, Eaton or Samuelsson as #7/8)
One of Harrington or Dumolin should be ready next year, and keep & extend Niskanen until they're both ready to play, like I listed above. When they're ready, trade Nisky. After next year, we may have to keep Samuelsson up with the big club as a #7/8 so we don't lose him on waivers (if he's still prgressing well), and guys like Pouliot/Maatta/Ruopp/D'Agostino will need a few more years.
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