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05-21-2013, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Rorschach View Post
I believe these to player roles are the toughest to fill and have the most value in the game.

I feel that a true 1D is harder to get. 1C is not far behind.

I define "get" as trading for or signing as a UFA. I'm not counting the draft because no player comes straight out of the draft as a franchise player except for a very small handful...nearly all centers and one defenseman.

I've seen Boston unload two 1C's, Tampa trade Richards and then NYR acquire him as UFA. The only 1Ds I can recall being acquirable in the last 20 years are Niedermayer UFA and Pronger via trade.
Chara and Savard were both signed as free agents by the Bruins in 2006.

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