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07-09-2013, 02:04 PM
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Upstate NY
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You're down on Cullen and Stalberg? I can understand the other two but how come these?
Because they're sheltered players, and the guys doing the sheltering on their old teams are way better than Nashville's forwards.
Stalberg is the highest potential of the bunch, but he's a really dumb player. He's Ales Kotalik, if Kotalik had wheels instead of a slapper. If whoever his center ends up being can bounce pucks off him, great. If he has an off-season shooting% wise, he's not really bringing anything to the table.
Cullen will be 37 by the start of the season, and was pretty poor in a grinder-heavy lineup before the Wild added Suter/Parise/Brodin/Coyle.
Each guy does well when things around him are going well, but aren't really the type to turn around their team, or even their linemate's fortunes by themselves.
If you're spending 11+ mil on UFAs, I'd rather get one or two guys whose
is the type of productive, sheltered third liners that Stalberg and Cullen are, and who has a much higher ceiling, than a bunch of guys who are either busting or succeeding because the things around them are going well.
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