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11-26-2008, 12:19 AM
Join Date: Jan 2007
I sometimes wonder if you guys watch the same games I watch. Carle has been our 2nd best dman since the day he came here. He's played better than Coburn, though not by much. Perhaps you guys forget how lost Coburn looked in the beginning of the season when he was given charge of the 2nd pairing and he didn't have Timonen covering his back. Coburn looked BAD!!! He definitely looked like he was heading for a sophomore slump until he was put back with Timonen. Makes you wonder just how much of Coburn looking good was due to Timonen.
We didn't have ANYONE on the team to run the 2nd pairing on defense until we got Carle. Carle helped Sbisa play better and he's made it so we can again split up Timonen and Coburn and NOT have Coburn look foolish. Plain and simply, without Carkle we don't have a viable 2nd pairing. WITH Carle we have a very solid 2nd pairing with him and Coburn.
Timonen is clearly our best dman. Carle and Coburn are close at 2nd and 3rd in that order but are a big step back from Timonen. Vannanen is our physical player, Albert is a stop-gap. Sbisa has played great for his age but teams are clearly starting to figure him out and his youth and inexperience are starting to show. He has shown that he has great potenital to be a top 4 dman some day but clearly once we get Jones and Parent back Sbisa needs to go back to juniors (though it does seem unlikely since he is buying a brand new BMW or Benz).
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