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09-19-2013, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by BubbleGumPlant View Post
Actually Tinordi's competition is Murray since they have the potential to deliver the same type of value to the team: size, toughness, shutdown, PK minutes. One can argue that Tinordi can even replace Diaz during Emelin's absence since Diaz doesn't offer any shutdown value as a 4th defenseman being paired with Markov.

In the short term (1-2 yrs), the Habs defence can look like this if Markov, Emelin and Diaz resign (Shutdown -SD & Offensive - OF):

Gorges (SD) - Subban (OF)
Markov (OF) - Emelin (SD)
Tinordi (SD) - Diaz (OF) - can swap Diaz with any 7th defenseman (i.e. Pateryn) for a double shutdown line

In the long term (3-5 yrs), it might look more like this:

Tinordi (SD) - Subban (OF)
Beaulieu (OF) - Emelin (SD)
Gorges (SD) - Dietz/Nygren (OF) - where Emelin or Gorges will be either #4 or #5 depending on current play and we trade the #5 for a cheaper option
The habs want more than one of these types of players in the line-up. Murray is not going to be taken out of the line-up for Tinordi, unless Boullion outplays him.

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