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05-16-2013, 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by zeus3007 View Post
Alzner is even more one dimensional than Gagner. He's not a true top pair guy, he's a top pair guy in the sense that Jason Smith was. Great shut down guy, but he`s really just a larger version of Smid. I'm not arguing that he wouldn't fit our needs better, I think he would (although Horcoff or Belanger at #2 center is scary), but Alzner and Gagner are actually not far off in value.
I don't know how you put him in the same league as Smith/Smid. There's a big difference here, that being Alzner had poise with the puck. He's not going to start the breakout like Green/Carlson, but he can make a first pass with some authority, although he's not one to skate up the ice to join the rush.

He's definitely a top pairing defenseman. Perfect compliment for Green/Carlson. He's a #2 IMO. Comparable to players like Willie Mitchell/Dan Hamhuis

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