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11-20-2013, 02:57 AM
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The Flyers will likely break Laughton in the same way as they did Couturier at the 4th line center spot next year. Downie likely wouldn't have any effect on him but I do agree that we need to get a little more bigger up front & when you add in the injuries & likely price of Downie I think it would be better for us to move on.
That's probably true, but unlike Couturier, he obviously spent another two years in juniors and in all likelyhood will be ready for more than 4th line time very early into the next season. Downie might not have an effect on that immediately, but any contract he signs will assuredly be at least 4-5 years and although trades will certainly happen, the top nine is mostly set for the foreseeable future with no one in any risk of retiring or leaving via UFA. Frankly, I don't think Downie's better than any of Giroux, Voracek, Lecavalier, Read, Couturier, Schenn, Simmonds, or Hartnell, so if he were re-signed, someone would have to be traded for Laughton to have a spot there.
All that being said, I think Holmgren loves Downie and he'll probably trade one of Schenn, Simmonds, or even Laughton to make room up front, which will be dumb.
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