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04-22-2013, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by BlueDream View Post
I agree on Leopold. Not to overreact because he hasn't been horrible - he started off good and now looks rather unimpressive - but it clearly makes the most sense to let him walk. Our defense next year looks good. Bouwmeester-Pietrangelo has been a good first pairing for us, and they can log tons of minutes. Then you can go back to Jackman-Shattenkirk and Russell-Polak who both have had great success playing with each other, with Cole as your 7th. It just makes sense to let Leopold walk so we can spend that money elsewhere.
I agree. IMO, Shattenkirk has played his best hockey when he's paired with Jackman. Coincidentally (for good reason), Jackman's best hockey in recent memory was when he was paired with Shattenkirk. I prefer Russell over Leopold, but maybe that's just me. Leopold doesn't really bring anything over Russell, except size.

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