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09-20-2013, 10:35 AM
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I don't think we need a shutdown defenceman at all, we need a two-way player to replace Markov and take some weight off his and Gorges' shoulders. Put Markov in the minutes and situations he'll succeed. Tinordi can't play in the top-4 now or anytime within the next year. His offensive/passing game is nowhere close to where it needs to be and this would really diminish our strengths as a team.

Luca Sbisa might be a trade option, still improving and finding his game but capable of playing big minutes at both ends of the ice. He'll still be an RFA in 2015-2016 IIRC. In terms of prospects, Simon Despres would be perfect to fill this role. He's got all the makings of a solid, two-way, top-4 defenceman. It would be very difficult to get him out of Pittsburgh.

(Bouillon, Drewiske)

As well, anyone trying to pan off this BS about Gagne being better than Briere needs to give it a rest. Despite the size difference, Briere is twice the player Gagne is at this point in their careers.

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