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Old 10-24-2013, 03:35 PM
Werewolf Werewolf is offline
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I also believe the organization made some mistakes with Hedman. As much as people want to play with their new toy...patience in development will prove to be key. Hedman is 22!!! He'll develop that physicality - all the tools are there. I have no worries that Hedman will be a beast for years to come but I do think he needs to be paired with an athletic, physical, stay at home, gritty player so we can maximize Hedman's desire and ability to join the rush.

When Hedman joins the can see Salo struggling to keep up (too slow at his age now) and Hedman scrambling to recover because Salo will certainly get beat. As Hedman develops I think he'll have no problem winning in the corners, clearing the crease, and joining the rush. I think we really have something special in this kid - but he needs a better safety net than Salo and he needs a bit of patience as he develops from a 22 yr old softy to a key point producing blue liner.

This is why I've posted in the past that we won't re-sign Salo and use his salary plus Brian Lee's salary plus the $3 Mil in capspace available to get Hedman a true first pairing physical stay at home defenseman this summer for Hedman to play with and maximize his skill set.

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