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01-28-2004, 06:29 PM
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earthstar
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This deal makes no sense from Boston's point of view. Boston needs a true number 1 or 2 d-man with offensive upside. Gauthier's assets are his defensive ability and toughness. Boston's defense is loaded with number 3 d-men similar to Gauthier. Rolston on the other hand is one of the Bruins only consistent scoring threats. To get another defensive d-man would weaken an already weak offence. This is not a jab at Gauthier, but an analysis of the Bruins' needs, and Rolston's value to them. Calgary is also not the place for a player in Rolston's contract situation (UFA at the seasons end). Why would Calgary pick up Rolston as a rental. Gauthier, if he's on the market, could surely bring a more signable (i.e. younger) forward to Calgary if that is what they in fact need. Looking at Calgary's roster, Iginla could use someone to take some of the heat off of him (despite Donovan's unexpected offense). A veteran offensive second line winger would be a great addition, but is this really the year that the Flames should be considering such a move. A return to the playoffs for the Flames would be a great step for the Flames franchise, but are they really in a position for a rent-a player such as Rolston? Much like the Bruins, the Flames are likely not going past the second round if lucky. Both teams would be better off building on what they've got for the future.

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