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07-15-2009, 12:12 PM
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doublejack
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Maltby does suck at defense, and is only marginally better than a pylon. I've been advocating since last season that we axe Maltby and replace him with a much more productive player at the same cost, such as Abdelkader or Helm.

Let me back those claims up with some hard numbers. Maltby hasn't been a plus player since before the lockout. Over the past four seasons, he's a combined -35... on a team that is way to the positive side of the ledger. Maltby was +24 in the season before the lockout.

Maltby has also dropped from 33 points in the season before the lockout to totaling just 43 points in the four post lockout seasons. So his production had dropped by 66%. Oh, Maltby had 2 fewer points than Lilja in 18 more games.

What about hitting? Maltby's hits delivered over the past four seasons is 118, 125, 61, 64. So that's halved.

He's done. We're better off with Downey in that spot, because at least he runs people over and can serve as a punching bag.

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