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01-18-2004, 10:04 AM
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First of all, I don't think Yusky is available, his Russian contract is binding. I really think that this is some overreacting with Desjardins. We missed him in the Ottawa series, yes, but Ottawa has arguably the most talented team in the NHL. Give the D a couple weeks. If they struggle, then go out and maybe deal for a Carney, Wesley, or Boughner. As I said earlier, even without Desjardins, this is a decent defense and Esche has been very good as well. Finally, I think that Handzus is getting a bit of a bum rap here. Yeah, I know that he hasn't been as good as he was last year, but he is still a good 2-way center. You're talking about dealing a guy like that for a d-man like Toni Lydman? Calgary would jump at that deal, forget about throwing in a pick. Lydman has nine points and is plus-8. Solid defenseman, but not worth Handzus by a long shot.

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