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04-05-2013, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Psuhockey View Post
Agreed. I think it's better asset management to get two for one instead of giving up a ton of players for an overrated offensive defensemen. That rumored package should be for a top all around defensemen not a specialist. That being said, I would rather not trade Couturier at all. If the Flyers 1st rd pick is outside the top 8, I would rather move that than Couturier for a good young defenseman. Does the 12th overall plus Read get Shattenkirk? Does Laughton + 12th overall since they need centers?
the thing is, Yandle is what he is at this point. he's a good puck mover and a decent PP QB, but he leaves something to be desired as far as decision making in his own zone. He's a glorified Matt Carle to be honest.

Gormley is still young, and imho, has top pairing potential. He's not as prolific offensively as yandle is, but he has the ability to be a more well rounded defenseman.

trading a 20 year old with as high a ceiling as couturier for a defenseman who's 26 and probably has reached what he's going to be at this point is counter productive for a team built around youth. Let's look at our defensemen.

Timonen - 38
Huskins - 33
Foster - 31
Gervais - 28
Grossmann - 28
Coburn - 28
Meszaros - 27
Gustafsson - 24
Lauridsen - 24
Schenn - 23

Schenn, who IMO is rounding into a good shut down top 4 guy is our youngest at 23, which is good for this team to have right now, but unless our defense gets younger to match our core up front with Giroux, Schenn, Couturier, Voracek, Simmonds, Laughton, Rinaldo etc. our window becomes skewed. If we can subtract a valuable piece from that core and add a defenseman around the same age to balance things out, we'll be in a better position to grow as a team IMO.

Next year, you figure our base lineup to build off of will be this. (i'd resign Gagne, Hall and Huskins, and waive Gervais)

Hartnell (31) - Giroux (25) - Voracek (24)
Simmonds (25) - Schenn (22) - Read (27)
Gagne (33) - Couturier (20) - Laughton (19)
Rinaldo (23) - Hall (33) - Talbot (29)

Timonen (38) - Schenn (23)
Coburn (28) - Grossmann (28)
Gustafsson (24) - Huskins (33)

7 under 25 up front
2 under 25 on the blue line

Now, trade Couturier, Coburn and a 2nd to PHX for Gormley and Rundblad

Hartnell (31) - Giroux (25) - Voracek (24)
Simmonds (25) - Schenn (22) - Read (27)
Gagne (33) - Laughton (19) - McGinn (23)
Rinaldo (23) - Hall (33) - Talbot (29)

Timonen (38) - Schenn (23)
Rundblad (23) - Grossmann (28)
Gormley (21) - Huskins (33)

7 under 25 on offense
3 under 25 on defense (4 if you replace Huskins with Gustafsson)

That lineup looks a lot better for the future than the former IMO.

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