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04-28-2013, 09:25 AM
Change is good.
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Brooklyn of course
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I'm not saying he won't leave (I'm not Marc Staal) but John Moore, while looking like a good addition, is not insurance against a Staal departure.
It's just not at all easy to replace a #1 defenseman. You can't just draft that every year or sign it in UFA like it's no big deal. His type of ability, especially in his own end, just doesn't come along often.
Which is why you get Carolina to pay through the nose for him this summer.
The longer you wait, the closer he gets to UFA, the more the leverage shifts to them. Also, this summer they have pieces that make sense. Next year their pick likely isn't in the lottery, Faulk has taken another step forward and McBain has either stabilized or proven himself a dud. The more I think about it, the more it makes sense to do the deal this summer --- all assuming you've made the determination that he wants to join his brothers of course.
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