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06-25-2013, 05:38 PM
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Originally Posted by SolidSnakeUS View Post
I love Couturier, but for Ryan, I think it's an easier decision than most. Ryan not only has close ties here and certainly wants to play here, but he's a proven scorer at his age. 31+ goals and 57+ points over the past 4 seasons (not including the shortened season). I could see him in a new environment, and one he wants to be in, be a catalyst for something huge.
Let me make this very clear in the most concise way possible.

COUTURIER is worth more to this team than RYAN.

We should not consider Couturier for Ryan, let alone Couturier+. Couturier will provide roughly Ryan's offense while playing elite shut-down defense (assuming Ryan's offense is in the 65-70 range and Couturier's is in the 55-65 range.)

There. I've made my peace. Let the chips fall where they may.

However, Ryan would look dead sexy on Couturier's wing with Schenn or Simmonds.

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