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05-26-2009, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Sting36e View Post

Just because he plays on our top pairing doesn't make him a top pairing defenseman, it just shows that we have a very average group of blueliners. He's a solid 2nd pairing defenseman, with a propensity to make some incredibly inopportune errors sometimes.

He'll be missed, but again, only because of how mediocre the team is to begin with.
I never said he was your run of the mill "first pairing defenseman." The fact of the matter is he's played big minutes over the last 4 seasons for a perennial playoff team.

I think one of the hardest things to do in sports in learning how to play defense at the NHL level, and I dont think replacing him with a kid is going to be as seamless as everyone seems to think.

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