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01-06-2008, 02:33 AM
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Originally Posted by BigE View Post
The point is this: the minutes he is getting with the top even strength and power play units are reflected on his stat sheet.

He's playing on the Rangers' top pair because we simply have no one better on the blueline at the moment. However, this is a situation that is rapidly changing. You could make the argument that he has been surpassed by Tyutin and Girardi. Within a year, perhaps a little longer, Staal will exceed him as well.

Furthermore, place a better, more offensively-gifted player in Rozsival's place and you'd see significantly higher numbers than that which he is showing.

This speaks to the fact that he's just not that good...

He's a 4th to 5th defenseman ideally suited for the third pairing. Those type of minutes, against that type of opponent, will allow him to minimize his defensive mishaps while also adding an offensive element from the back line.

I'm curious: on what grounds does Rozsival qualify as anything other than a puck-moving defenseman? To classify a player as a puck-mover does not necessitate his ability to be top notch.

No (and I repeat myself) he's an average, third pairing puck-mover: capable of making sufficient outlet passes or taking the puck up on his own. However, he lacks the speed, puck handling ability, and vision to become an elite puck mover.

Similarly, he lacks the gap control, corner play, and crease clearing ability to consider him any kind of defensive defenseman.
Sather should hire you to help him with arbitrations, i think you can very well downplay player abilities ;-)
Rozsival is not third-pairing puck mover - first i thought you are not serious with this assesment, but obviously you are.
Toots and Girardi didn't pass him, they are getting exposed way more lately as they have more icetime against top units. To me it seems that they can't log big minutes against top lines yet(and it can be a case that they will never be) without getting burned few times per game.
Again, you don't sign Rozsival, whats your solution with defense? Check the UFA list for this summer and you will find out that only Boyle and Redden can compete with Rozsival.
I would not have problem with upgrade over Rozsival for next season, but there is only Redden avalaible - but he would not sign for less than 6M$.
I don't say that Rozsival should be signed for huge contract, but 4-5 years for 4-4,5$ per? You gotta do it.

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