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Erik Gustafsson (2012-13 season and beyond)
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03-10-2014, 09:10 PM
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Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
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It's not that simple. Gus is a small, offensively average Dman. His competition for a starting spot is not Grossmann, it's Timonen, Streit and, now, MacDonald.
Putting Gus in instead of Grossmann would leave the D too small. It's like replacing your defensive end with a small safety.
The other thing people ragging on Grossmann neglect to mention is that he takes a ton of physical abuse for the team, hitting and blocking shots. That goes a long way earning the huge respect the big man gets from his teammates and coaches. He's a warrior and they need him and Luke to keep the other teams' honest.
It is that simple.
It's that easy. That defense is much better than the current one, no question.
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