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06-05-2013, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Monctonscout View Post
He played a ton of minutes in a condensed schedule and didn't miss a game. I think it's flawed logic to think he will miss a big chunk of next year. fatigue was a factor in his play at times, but guys a lot younger and with less injuries also faced the same problem, part of it is not having played a lot the last 2 years and the other part is a crazy schedule. I think his overall game will be better next year and with Subban signed from day 1 his workload should be better managed.
It's not that I think he'll get hurt. It's that I think we should plan for it. He's missed a lot of hockey the past few years and is getting older. We just shouldn't count on him for 82 games, that's all.
Originally Posted by Monctonscout View Post
That being said, moving him or signing him at some point in the next 6-9 months has to be one of the big issues on MB's docket. I don't like the idea of letting him walk at this stage in the team's development phase. I'm sure he would have a lot of value in a trade but also leave a big hole so it isn't an easy decision. Beaulieu should one day replace him somewhat but that may take 2-3 years, maybe more as he was only 20 this year.
You're right, we can't just let him walk. I think he has a no trade though so its going to be interesting if we're at the deadline and he still isn't signed.

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