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Big Buff Or The Perfect Human?

Each week hockey columnist Scott Morrison and his protegé, senior hockey writer Tim Wharnsby, exchange (mostly) friendly banter on the latest storylines in the NHL.

1. Who would you rather have on your team, Dustin Byfuglien or Nicklas Lidstrom? Both defencemen are off to terrific starts to the season that is nearing the first-quarter pole.

WHARNSBY: In the short-term, of course, I would rather have the future Hockey Hall of Famer in 40-year-old Lidstrom in the lineup. He has been rejuvenated by the Detroit Red Wings early playoff exit last spring. But if my team was not a contender and I was rebuilding a roster, the 25-year-old Byfuglien would be my guy. It’s hard to ignore his league-leading four game-winning goals, and his seven goals in 21 games is tops among defencemen.

MORRISON: How do you say no to Lidstrom? He is still going strong and may win another Norris this season. And he looks like he could play a few more seasons. He is so fit and so smart on the ice.

continue plus Morrison and Wharnsby respond to more questions…

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42jeff's avatar

I think a non-contending team that was rebuilding would benefit the greatest from picking up a seasoned veteran that was schooled in puck control and offensive scheming such as that employed by Detroit.  But that’s just my two cents.

Now as for Wharnsby and his blasphemy…he’ll have to answer that himself someday.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Taylor Tucky Metroplex on 11/23/10 at 12:39 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Short term or long term, I want Lidstrom on my first pairing on defense.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 11/23/10 at 06:22 PM ET

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