Trade Rumor/Speculation Thread XXIV: C'est la St. Louis?
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02-27-2014, 01:09 PM
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I disagree and here's why.
When you are one of the best teams in the league, you look at your roster and assess your strengths and weaknesses.
A big strength for the Ducks is young capable puck moving defenceman.
On that depth chart they have Fowler, Lindholm and Vatanen. in that order
What the Ducks DON'T have on defence is experience.
Girardi has more PO experience than Lovejoy, Allen, Fowler combined. He's 4 years younger than Beauchemin and has just 4 games less than him.
And you look at what you are going to be asking Girardi to do.
He's playing 24 mins a night here. That team ias already one of the best. Dan is not going there to save them. He will go there, be asked to play 19-20 minutes a night now and allowing him to play those 25 minute games in the PO's leaving him stronger and fresher.
Vatanen? Solid player, could be a good 40 point guy. But with the Ducks depth chart for offensive minded defenceman, I doubt Vatanen is on the ice enough to get those numbers consistently in Anaheim
Those are great points, and as I said, Girardi will fetch a big return if/when he's traded, there's no doubt about that. The Ducks could certainly use him, and he does make their already solid team even better going into the playoffs. I just think they will hold on to him. I would. The kid is a great young player and only going to get better. We need that.
Needless to say, If we get Sami for a Girardi rental I'll be ecstatic.
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