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04-01-2014, 01:07 PM
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A mere "checking role" center isn't going to cut it. You need at least one elite two way center to compete. Every Cup winner going back nearly a decade has a guy who was recently a Selke candidate on it. Those players are not easy to find.
Just look at the Pens with Sutter vs Staal. They became far less dangerous after that trade, because while Sutter can play D, he isn't going to produce much offense at all.
Well, Couturier isn't an elite two-way center, at least not yet. He certainly has that ability, but as of today, he's only an elite defensive center. Guess what else those teams had in common? They had elite level defenses, often led by one or more elite level defenders. Carolina is the only exception, and they really only got far because of a historic perfomance by Cam Ward.
Pittsburgh needs another two way threat? They've been a top five offense every year since they won the cup (outside of 2010-2011). The biggest thing standing between them and another cup is a combination of bad coaching and the fact that their defense/MAF can't stop a nose bleed.
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