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02-09-2007, 02:02 AM
CM Lundqvist
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Why do people think Betts is a "shutdown center?" Betts at his best is an energy center/pk'er, a typical 4th liner, nothing else.

Shutdown players are guys like Peca, Draper, Lehtinen... guys who can win Selke trophies, not schlepps like Blair Betts, who forget their defensive assignments and get scored on more than they score goals.

I'm tired of the term "shutdown player" being thrown around, and given to the wrong kind of players. Blair Betts, Ryan Hollweg, Jed Ortmeyer, and Matt Cullen are not these kinds of players.

We'll all see a true shutdown center when Tommy Pyatt joins this team some day.

Sorry about that, back to the topic at hand...

A complete firesale won't happen. But at least if they stand pat and try to make the playoffs, that's fine. Giving up prospects and picks for rentals when this team just to make the playoffs is just as bad as Jim Rutherford trading Jack Johnson for that flaming pile of dog **** from LA, not for a chance to repeat, but just to stay afloat.

You just don't make those kinds of trades.

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