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08:32 AM ET 08.09 | Though Zbynek Michalek is out in Pittsburgh and speculation swirled that Paul Martin would be, too, the latter remains on the roster. A bevy of young defensemen will compete for at least one spot on the opening-night roster and maybe two, pending a decision to carry seven or eight rearguards. The obvious favorite is Simon Despres, who impressed in 18 games for Pittsburgh last season and could be ready for 18-20 minutes per night immediately. Other candidates include summer additions Brian Dumoulin and Dylan Reese, top prospect Joe Morrow and "veterans" Brian Strait, Robert Bortuzzo and Carl Sneep. ... If GM Ray Shero were to trade for a veteran defenseman, expect a name or names from that group to be part of the package to get a deal done.

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August 9, 2012  08:47 AM ET

non-story after all who cares who plays D in Pittsburgh

<stirs the pot a little>

August 9, 2012  08:53 AM ET
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non-story after all who cares who plays D in Pittsburgh<stirs the pot a little>

I'm guessing that MAF may have a slight concern

August 9, 2012  08:58 AM ET
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I'm guessing that MAF may have a slight concern

It didn't seem to bother him when he was getting ventilated in last years playoffs.

August 9, 2012  08:59 AM ET

I think PGH should trade their sloppy D seconds to PHI. Keep it in the PA family as it were.

August 9, 2012  09:02 AM ET
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It didn't seem to bother him when he was getting ventilated in last years playoffs.

exactly my point
He needs to know who he can't rely on

August 9, 2012  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

exactly my point
He needs to know who he can't rely on

ummmmm......by the looks of it I'd say - d) all of the above

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August 9, 2012  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Pittsburgh has a defence?

While it's a perfectly acceptable for us Danny when posting for our American friends might I suggest you use defense.

They defence is what's around deyard in Montreal.

August 9, 2012  09:15 AM ET
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While it's a perfectly acceptable for us Danny when posting for our American friends might I suggest you use defense. They *think*defence is what's around deyard in Montreal.

Fixed.

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August 9, 2012  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

While it's a perfectly acceptable for us Danny when posting for our American friends might I suggest you use defense. They defence is what's around deyard in Montreal.

Think???....nah, not that important to us southerners....

August 9, 2012  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

While it's a perfectly acceptable for us Danny when posting for our American friends might I suggest you use defense. They defence is what's around deyard in Montreal.

please don't feel that all of us here in the US cannot make the distinction sir(s)
Granted, my Scottish heritage and upbringing affords me the ability to use and indeed translate english as written by those in The Dominions. And has been established, these threads contain a higher level of understanding (for the most part, a few rubes always seem to find their way in) than do those from the other sports.
So feel free to colour the words however you like, we take no offence.

August 9, 2012  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Think???....nah, not that important to us southerners....

or the editors and writers of The Tennessean

August 9, 2012  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

While it's a perfectly acceptable for us Danny when posting for our American friends might I suggest you use defense. They defence is what's around deyard in Montreal.

Or de trailer on wheels in dem hills You know..............home................:-)

August 9, 2012  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

While it's a perfectly acceptable for us Danny when posting for our American friends might I suggest you use defense. They defence is what's around deyard in Montreal.

No matter how you spell it, Pittsburgh doesn't have it. :)

August 9, 2012  09:45 AM ET
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.................. defence is what's around deyard in Montreal.

We know that.................it's around the trailer with new tars in them hills. You know.....Home!

August 9, 2012  09:45 AM ET
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Pittsburgh has a defence?

Toronto has a team?

See, and here, I was going to be nice...gloves are off.

August 9, 2012  09:47 AM ET

Sorry for the double post. The site is in playoff form and it's only August!

August 9, 2012  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

please don't feel that all of us here in the US cannot make the distinction sir(s)
Granted, my Scottish heritage and upbringing affords me the ability to use and indeed translate english as written by those in The Dominions. And has been established, these threads contain a higher level of understanding (for the most part, a few rubes always seem to find their way in) than do those from the other sports. So feel free to colour the words however you like, we take no offence.

I'd be Loonie to suggest you weren't capable of filling out your toque and ordering a double-double with your Nanaimo Bar.

 
August 9, 2012  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Toronto has a team?

See, and here, I was going to be nice...gloves are off.

You're back on the Christmas card list.

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