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04-10-2013, 05:14 PM
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Originally Posted by MonkeyBusiness View Post
Read the earlier posts, he's easily tradeable if it comes to that. His contract is very affordable.
Exactly. For all the grief that the management gets for letting assets go with no return, this is exactly why they should realize that DD was signed. It's all about asset control. For the first time in years, there is great centre depth with this team both now and projecting over the next five years.

If Chuckie develops into the top line centre we are expecting, then that gives lots of flexibility with the remaining roster. We have Eller and Plek, who can both play that two way role. As Plek gets to 2015, he'll be probably be playing even more of a shutdown role (he'll be 33 for 2015-16 season). If Chuckie progresses, then there simply isn't room for DD to play those sheltered minutes with limited defensive zone starts in one or two seasons from now.

But if my guess is right, then with DD signed, it gives depth and time for Chuckie to develop. Keep the centre position as a deep roster spot, and then use those assets to fill out gaps in the roster as they show up down the road. DD would be useful to many teams that have depleted depth down the middle. But right now, there is no problem with having Plek, DD, Chuckie, Eller, Halpern, and White all on the roster.

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