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06-18-2013, 11:10 AM
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For those of you who are in the "rebuild the defense" mindframe, who exactly is being held back by this signing? Our prospects are nothing but a bunch of fringe guys like Manning, Lauridsen, Bourdon, and Alt. A couple of them might turn into a bottom pair NHL defenseman. Ghost? He's at least a year or two away from even turning pro, and then probably a full year in the AHL after that away from cracking the NHL roster. Even then, he would only be ready to play a smaller role with the big club. Whoever they draft at 11 is still probably a year or two away from breaking into the NHL, and at least 2-3 years away from being a true impact player.

I'm all for rebuilding the defense and grooming defensive talent from within, but that takes several seasons to do, and the guys that we currently have are underwhelming to say the least. Let Streit play on the NHL roster and replace him eventually some homegrown and developed talent. It's really the only option they have at this point, unless you think it was a good idea to wing it and go with the same dumpster fire of a unit that they had last year.

By then our forwards will be old though, like in their late twenties, and Giroux might be over the hill at 30.

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