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05-10-2013, 07:21 AM
Join Date: Jan 2005
Overreacting all around. The defense is fine.
Call ups: Beaulieu, Ellis, Pateryn
I'd seriously consider re-signing Weber and let him try to find himself in Hamilton.
Everyone is freaking out about "size" and "toughness", truth is the D was very good for most of the year, and fell apart when we lost Emelin. Trading Gorges and Diaz only creates holes that you have to fill. Relying on signing a UFA like Murray is a terrible plan because chances are you'll have to overpay badly for guys that are older than Gorges and not as good.
We already have 4 legitimate top-4 D in Subban, Markov, Emelin and Gorges. Not sure how anyone can debate that. These are all good defensemen.
We have 2 potential top-4 D in Diaz and Tinordi, even though neither of them looked like all-stars in the playoffs. Tinordi is very inexperienced but will be a stud one day. Diaz is coming back from a concussion but I don't think you get rid of him over a bad playoffs.
You still need puck-moving defensemen. Especially with this team, that relies on speed and transition and the power play. Toronto went the big tough route and routinely benches puck movers like Gardiner and Liles, but this is getting them no further in the playoffs. You need a mix.
Markov, Subban, Diaz - 2 of the 3 are world class puck movers, the third can still develop into one.
Emelin, Tinordi - the size and strength you need on the back end. Subban is also no pushover and can win puck battles in his sleep.
Gorges - look for him to bounce back, he's not as bad as everyone seems to think. Was amazing in 2010-11 and 2011-12. Don't judge him too much on a screwed up short season.
Bouillon - who cares, he's # 7 next year.
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