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05-06-2013, 04:52 PM
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Prust, yes. Fedotenko absolutely not.
Id' say in order of importance:


These guys were good bottom-6ers but aside from Prust are entirely replaceable, especially for their commanded cap-hits. We need to upgrade our bottom-6 a bit (grit, PK) but many posters act as if letting Feds and Johnny freaking Malkin walk away is why we're a worse team this year. Got Nash to put us over the edge offensively, top players didn't produce, terrible depth didn't make it up. Trade Gabby for depth, now we need more scorers. It just never ends.

Particularly in the playoffs, we need to spread out our toughness to create space for Nash, Stepan and co. to make plays. We have the right personnel, its how they're used that pisses me off. Every time a team (nonetheless built for the playoffs) pushes around our skill players, they disappear. Clowe, Dorsett, and Callahan need to play top-9 minutes, bang bodies, create space, and defend their line mates. And we can't take a 3 on 2 and use dump-and-chase as our main strategy of attack. It's that simple.

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