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07-04-2013, 11:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Jtown View Post
beef look how this is unfolding. Do you really see a way couturier can stay here long term?

His fate for the next 5 years is 3rd line center. Once he gets a reputation as a 3rd line he will have no trade value. Right now he still has "potential" and teams see him as " a top 6 center" .

I know he would look good in a shutdown role, but you dont draft shutdown centers 8th in the draft.
You need a really good 3rd line center if you want to roll 3 scoring lines. You need to roll 3 scoring lines nowadays to have enough offensive depth for a deep playoff run. Look at every Cup Winner since the Cap era began; they have all had a Selke winner/Selke candidate, where the player won or was nominated in the general timeframe of their win. You need a guy who can play really solid defense but can also chip in offensively. Everyone talks about the need for a #1 Dman, but the need for a very good two way center is just as established, but nobody talks about it.

Couturier is looking like that guy for us. He's already elite defensively, and is excellent at moving the puck forward. However, his linemates have been bad.

Why should we trade him, exactly? We'd just end up looking for his replacement.

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