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06-12-2013, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by wflames View Post
Just my initial impression, but Filpula just seems like a Backlund clone. We're desperate for a number 1 centre, but any centres who aren't that I think we can produce from our roster already. Backlund and Stajan; Cammy if we need him to play centre...

It's true that we'd like to upgrade centre, but Filpula seems to be more of a lateral shift than an upgrade. On the other hand, given a few years, our first round picks could provide the upgrade we need.

Also, I think that Detroit would view the trade of 18 + 48 for our two late firsts as a fair deal, and probably wouldn't want to lose anything else in the deal.
Adding Filpula's rights or possibly and 2014 3rd isn't much to add, especially considering they are jumping 20 spots for 48 to 28!
Also I disagree signing Filpula would be a lateral move, I think he is better than both backlund and stajan. I could see someone like Filpula playing 1C but playing pretty much the same amount of time as the 2nd line so backlund gets good minutes too.

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