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05-20-2013, 11:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris Shafer View Post
Completely agree, but there are certainly dissenters to this line of thinking.
I dissent to an extent. If the team had patience, it wouldn't be as much of a problem. Detroit had Brendan Smith for what, 6 years in junior and the minors before he made the team for good this year. I agree, the Flyers don't have a large sample size to look at when it comes to defenseman, but trading for a top defenseman has become almost impossible now. What team is going to trade a #1 d-man nowadays?

I think the only way to pull it off is to find a team that has become dissatisfied with their player (like Hartford with Pronger back in the day, or St Louis with Erik Johnson), and then make a trade. And even then, those players still are a risk. Pronger panned out. Johnson, the jury is still out.

Otherwise, how in the world is the team supposed to come up with a #1 d man?

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