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by Paul on 06/17/14 at 02:29 PM ET
Craig Custance of ESPN held an online chat today...
What will LA do with Greene and Mitchell, considering they have McNabb waiting in the wings. Do they re-sign one or both? I would love to see Greene as a Leaf to add some toughness, grit, and winning mentality.
Craig Custance I know Lombardi was talking to both camps at some point during the season. You need depth on defense to win a Stanley Cup, because the nature of the game means you'll lose at least one of your defensemen to injury over the course of a playoff run. I think they'd like to bring both back but it won't be easy, especially if they re-sign Gaborik. I like Greene, but I'm not sure he's the solution in Toronto, a team that too-often got hemmed in their own zone for long stretches during the season.
Craig, I am quite worried that the Avs will be heading in to the season without Stastny or O'Reilly. Should I be so concerned? I'd rather have O'Reilly long term, but losing both has to mean a step backwards for the division winning Avs.
Craig Custance I don't think O'Reilly is going anywhere. I know Patrick Roy loves him and, as it turns out, he has some pull in that organization. Stastny likes it in Denver and is very popular in the room but has a chance to really cash in free agency, something that comes along once a career for players. It might be hard for him to pass an opportunity to test the market. If the Avs use Stastny money on defense, I don't think it would be the end of the world considering how deep they are down the middle. But if they lose him without addressing their hole on D, it would be a step back.
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