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07-11-2008, 12:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Ohashi_Jouzu View Post
First of all, TOI is not directly related to skill or who is "best." There are too many game situations to keep in mind. Second of all, Bouillon was 5th on defense in terms of TOI. Now we can call Streit a forward to help your argument, but Streit played a lot of mins on defense.

And anyone willing to give Bouillon 3 mil per year can have him.
TOI is directly related to who the coaches feel comfortable with the most on the ice. Bouillon plays the PK and ES, with next to zero PP time. Obviously TOI varies from game-to-game, but over the course of a season icetime is directly related to who is "best", because the good players get more icetime because the coaches are more comfortable with them in a larger proportion of game situations.

I'm not even advocating that we keep Bouillon after next season. I don't think we do, or should. There are cheaper options within our own system who deserve consideration. He's just not going anywhere this season, because we need him.

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