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07-11-2013, 11:19 AM
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Let's be honest about Spaling's current role on the team. 3rd line center with significant PK responsibilities and a need to win faceoffs ... some expectation of secondary scoring. The hope was/is that he develops into a guy who can fill a role on the 2nd line if needed. Now let's look at the current reality. Spaling is a redundant piece after our signings. Cullen is a better scorer and just as capable on the kill. Goose is a much more physical player and better at the dot.

If he stays, wonderful. If he gets traded, so be it. Spaling is a role player who really hasn't differentiated himself from the rest of our depth type players in a way to make himself irreplaceable and his performance last year makes crushing his hopes rather simple if this goes to a hearing. The main reason I'd like to see him stay around is to maintain roster flexibility as injuries and illnesses occur during the season, but without him we have Fisher, Legwand, Cullen, Wilson, Gaustad and to a degree Smith who can play down the middle.

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