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09-07-2004, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Kodiak
It came from the fact that Rachunek logged more ice time than all but 2 or 3 of the other Ottawa d-men.

Avg Ice Time	03-04	02-03	01-02
Chara		24.6	24.96	22.27
Leschyshyn	13.9	15.22	18.47
Phillips	20.81	20.22	19.51
Redden		24.88	25.4	25.1
Volchenkov	13.07	15.5	n/a
Rachunek	19.61	21.76	19.32
Last year and in 01-02, he logged less time than Chara, Redden, and Phillips, but more than Leschyshyn and Volchenkov (when he played). In 01-02, Rachunek and Salo were about even in ice time. In 02-03, he logged less time than Chara and Redden, but more than Phillips, Leschyshyn, and Volchenkov. So yes, he has proven himself as a top 4 d-man on a stacked team. Ottawa decided it wanted more experience on the blueline, and Rachunek was having a rough year.

in 02-03 and 03-04 leschyshyn was hurt for good portions of the year missing more than 25 games each year, creating a chance for rachunek to play more and log more minutes, he was not their clear cut #4

the guy has talent im not going to deny him of that but he looked lost here, hopefully he can regain his form, but im not saying he is a top 4 defensemen

also as you mentioned he was clearly playing for a better team and with better defensive partners on the senators, which should make him a better player

its much easier for a player to fit in on a good team then to shine or just do their job on a bad one

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