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06-10-2013, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by DrinkFightFlyers View Post
I don't think your top defensive forward is as valuable as your top defenseman. Valuable, for sure, but I think even Pavel Datsyuk, arguably the best two way forward in the league, is not as valuable as a Zdeno Chara. Once again, certainly valuable, but if given the choice between a true elite franchise defenseman and a true elite 2-way forward, I would take the defenseman every day of the week. Obviously it is ideal to have a Selke caliber guy, but I think you can get by with a lesser player in that role moreso than you can with having a lesser player in the #1 defender.
Hence why I said "just about as important." When you have one of those guys he isn't someone you just trade away, though. Especially not for a glorified Matt Carle.

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