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07-15-2013, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Infinite Jest View Post
Why would the Preds be interested in Gangner? If he had shown he was able to play wing he'd be an ok addition, but as it stands, he is a small 40-50 point center that is weak defensively and awful on faceoffs.
While you're spot on with Gagner, Smid is the prize in that deal. He's big, mean, good defensively and a left hander. It would give us balance on the blue line AND it would not force us to rush Jones if we felt he wasn't ready. Imagine the pairings for a moment, Weber/Josi, Klein/Smid and Jones/Ekholm. While the third pairing is young and green, the first two pairings make up for it and we can always mix and match guys as we see fit so if we wanted to get Jones and Ekholm more minutes, we have a few options to put them with more experienced guys.

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