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04-20-2013, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Monctonscout View Post
Size on the wings? Other than Gionta and Gallagher, who are both fearless, our other wingers are all above average size...Pacioretty Ryder Bourque Galchenyuk Moen Prust Armstrong.

Byfuglien is an offensive d-man with below average defense, not a good fit with what we currently have. Yes he is the biggest guy in the NHL, but he is also out of shape and has little endurace. Not to mention that he would cost a lot to trade for.

Clarkson is a solid player, but no way he is worth close to the 5 mil/year that he might cost to bring in. If we want another fighter, get a big guy like Kassian or McLaren to play 35-40 games a year.

Adding size on defense will be Tinordi, if they don't want to rush him sign a 1 year guy to split time with Bouillon.
Its the top 6 that Montreal is lacking. If you include centers, its 4 out of the top 6 that are rug rats and the ones with size bring no real physical dimension to the team.

Ryder is a UFA, Bourque has shown very minimal aside from his start this year, and showed nothing last year. So we are left with Pacioretty.

Overall, its not ideal over the course of a full season in having 2 out of 3 players on each of the top two lines under 5-10.

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