Milan Jurina is back in the lineup, granted he has a one year contract but does not have much value in trade market.
Unless Radek Martinek and James Wisniewski can come to terms on a deal one of them will likely be moved before the trade deadline, do you even want to sign players who could get hurt for 2011-12 before this season ends?
Eaton/Mottau, both are signed for 2011-12. Could be traded, but perhaps not.
Short term (barring injury) this team should get back it's full starting defense from opening night (less Mark Streit) so again it will come back to Gervais on the sidelines with likely Jack Hillen, however an interesting choice will have to be made.
Do you send back Travis Hamonic or leave him with Andrew MacDonald? If Hillen/Gervais are already sitting, who sits so Hamonic can stay in the lineup?
Plus next fall likely brings deHaan, Streit and perhaps a defender as a top pick, to say nothing of Bridgeport/college prospects/UFA market.
For those scoring at home, New York goals in 2010-11 season from defenders?
Even Strength: Jurcina/Martinek, one each.
PP: James Wisniewski, two.
Shorthanded: Jurcina, one.
Total goals from defenders, thirty games: Five.
Scoring among NHL defenders.
Fair to say, it's a factor in the offensive struggles. Cam Fowler has three goals in Anaheim.
MacDonald can score from point but injury set him back in that department.
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