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08-26-2013, 01:32 PM
matt trick
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If Burns were on D, I'd have Vlasic as the #3 guy. That said, how many team's can match him as a #3? Hard to say that a guy is a #3, when only 4-5 teams have an equivalent #3. I would concede that he is ideally a #3, but with 30 teams, he is a mid/lower-level #2.

Closest would be:
  • Pietro/Bouwmeester/Shattenkirk (yes)
  • Keith/Seabrook/Hjalmmarsson (push)
  • Weber/Jones/Josi (no)
  • Edler/Hambuis/Bieska (push- depends on style preference)
  • Johnson/Tyutin/Wisniewski (push- depends on style preference)
  • Carlson/Green/Azlner (currently no)
  • OEL/Yandle/Michalek (no)

I'll say this though, the team is going to need either a tweener first liner, or tweener top pairing in addition to Boyle, Marleau, and Thornton after this year.

I'd look to acquire a top 6 forward at the deadline is cost controlled through next year, and try to grab another next year in free agency. If you can get a 2/3 d-man even better (I believe Burns is the perfect winger for Joe), but I don't think that's realistic.

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