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06-07-2013, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Beef Invictus View Post
1) What available forward can match Couturier's defense?

2) What can you do to disprove all the statistics that show Yandle is a very sheltered Dman who has been kept out of difficult defensive situations? Up until this point Yandle has done nothing to show he's great defensively. From what I can tell he's Carle with a harder shot, which isn't something I'd trade Couturier+ for.

The way I see it, this move very clearly makes the team worse defensively. Possible offensively as well, depending on who else goes with Coots. And, we have a goalie who has shown he's utterly incapable of bailing out an average defense, I don't want to know what he looks like behind a downright bad D.

1) No forward available will be as good a defensive forward as Coots.
Laughton might be an adequate replacement for him.
We could always pickup a defensive center as FA.

2) This teams defensive shortcomings are due to lack of PMD.
Yandle is a PMD, he can help by carrying the puck, making good outlet passes.
This defense has only one experienced player like that - Timmo.

The way I see it a defenseman is more critical to good defense than a forward could ever be.
Getting a better defenseman for a struggling defense makes the defense better not worse.

I might accept the idea that Couturier could become a superstar but, to accept him as more
important to team defense than a good young experienced offensive defenseman.
Not happening. I see Couturier as luxury, we can not afford with this poor defense.

Our new defenseman helps the defense > we give up less goals.
We amnesty Bryz > we give up less goals.

Win, win situation.

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