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D-Fence! D-Fence!

So I couldn't figure out how to make a fence so it would look like the screens at Isles games during penalty kills.  Anyways...

 

It is pretty clear that we are overstocked on d-men.  But what does this mean.  Where are we going with this.  Garth has only signed them to 1 year contracts with the exception of Eaton to 2 years.  This is what I perceive happening coming to the 10-11 season.  I would like to this this FanPost be other opinions on what you think the 10-11 season will look like instead of questioning someone else's.

 

Here it goes...

 

Currently signed for 10-11 we have Streit, Hillen, Martinek, Gervais, Jurcina, Eaton, Wisneiwski, MacDonald.  As we have all discussed, Hamonic may have a chance at making it this year and he might be ready.  For this season, I see certain signing that are he for youth training and veteran help, and I see the rest as a trail period to see who may be here for a longer signing after their 1 year contract is up (maybe they would get a 2-3 year after).

 

I believe Jurcina and Wisniewski are on the trial period.  They have to prove themselves this year to get another contract to come back after this season is over.  I think this will be Gervais' and Martinek's last season on the Island as their contracts expire at the end of this season.  This means that Jurcina, Wisniewski, Hamonic, and DeHaan will be competing for these two spots.  I think that one of the NHL experienced players will make it and either Hamonic/DeHann will make it providing some NHL experience with some youth.

 

Eaton.  This was a great signing.  He plays a similar game to Hillen, although Hillen needs some more work in the defensive zone.  Eaton is a great defensemen in his own zone.  Not so great on the offense, but he can train Hillen in his own zone.  This takes some stress off of Streit to bring up the new guys.  Also, the year after this one when Hamonic or DeHaan comes up, we will have another veteran defense to teach the youngster instead of putting it onto Streit.  Everyone doesn't play the way Streit plays so you need someone else to help mentor these guys.  Eaton is at a great age with playoff and Cup experience (something Streit doesn't have) to bring up and train a new guy.

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