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11-26-2013, 05:08 PM
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Most of us that watch the games complain about not having much of a net front presence during games. Well, of course everyone wants to trade the one guy who is probably the best at that. I do agree we need more skill upfront, but you still need players who bang and do the dirty work. Look at Edmonton, they desperately need that grit and sand paper in their lineup. People keep mentioning the last two seasons with him but he has been injured for large parts of them with foot injuries. When hartnell is healthy and clicking he will give you 20-25 goals and 50 points every year while providing that sand paper. He will probably have another 20 goal season this year as usual and people will still complain... I feel like we expect things from these players that they just can't do. He won't deke you out of your skates or make a great no look pass(which he actually has done before though) but he will give you the attributes teams need to succeed in the NHL.

Gaborik for Hartnell is laughable, I wouldn't go near that deal. Gaborik has little to no banging in his game. Who do we expect to win puck battles in the corners to score goals??? Gaborik won't do it.

Hartnell's contract is not bad, especially with the cap going up most definitely in the coming years, he also is supposedly a great team mate, so let's keep the guy instead of wanting to trade him for soft perimeter players like Gaborik.

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