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05-08-2013, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Haute Couturier View Post
I don't think Laughton will be pressuring him to do anything. Laughton is good, but he is inferior on both ends of the ice. He is not going to replace Couturier's tough defensive minutes.
Laughton isn't too far behind Couturier as a defensive forward imo. Couturier is never going to get a chance at developing his offensive skills with Laviolette using Couturier as a 3rd/4th line grinder. Meltzer touched on this on twitter around the time the season ended.

Laughton's offensive skill would make him much more suited towards the 3rd line C spot imo. I'm not saying I wouldn't mind a Malkin-Crosby-Staal situation with Giroux-Schenn-Couturier, but if moving him helps gets a D man that helps this team in the long run, I'm okay with it and actually kind of expect it to happen this summer

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