Bergevin needs to reinfornce the defense a.s.a.p.
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09-20-2013, 11:35 AM
Join Date: Jan 2013
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.
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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