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10-26-2013, 10:14 PM
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Originally Posted by KHenry14 View Post
The dropped player has to be Ellerby. Clearly he's not in DS's plans, as he hasn't played a minute this season. Also carrying two scratched D-men can't be sustained, so dropping Ellerby and bringing up a forward makes sense.

Pearson is the logical choice to bring up, as he's the natural LW the team needs. But TT is killing it Manch, 4th in the AHL in scoring, so you could see him come too. Plus TT has some NHL experience and did just fine. Frankly I'm fine with either kid.
Ellerby is the perfect stopgap for the stay-at-home defensemen though. Forbort and Gravel aren't ready, and if one of Mitchell, Greene, or Regehr were to be injured this year (which is likely as all three of them has had injury problems the past couple of seasons) then Ellerby is the only stay-at-home defenseman available, and he is the only one that can reliably play the right side... Ellerby can't really be moved.

If Dean wants to thin out the defensemen, then he is going to have to choose a winner between Muzzin and Martinez.

Outside of that, the only other viable options to move are Clifford and Fraser. Carcillo has looked pretty good and it may end up like a significantly closer and less severe version of Greene vs. Teubert. Just a veteran player that is better at the job and more capable at the moment. As for Fraser, it is about time he went out to pasture, though he is arguably the best guy to keep around as the extra forward.

It may ultimately depend on the market. I am sure Dean thinks all of his guys are worth at least a late pick. Before he waives them for free, he will probably shop a couple around to open up a spot. Depending on who bites and who they want, who knows how that spot will open.


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