Vaananen vs Tollefsen
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08-04-2009, 10:59 PM
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Do people really still think Ossi is good? Is this not the same guy that couldnt get 1 team out of the 30 in the NHL to give him even a shot at a #6 for 2 of the last 3 seasons?
The Flyers were 6-2 when Ossi played under 16 minutes last season and 18-18 when he played more than 16 minutes, yet people question why he couldnt and still cannot stay on the ice in the NHL.
Are these total minutes or even strength minutes?? How many goals were scored in those games? Who did we play? What dmen got the mintues in his place? What parts of the season were these games?
No, I dont expect you to answer all those...but this is a very broad assumption that the record had anything at all to do with Ossi.
Maybe they were 6-2 in the games he got less than 16 minutes because he wasnt out there killing 100 penalties, thus bumping up his time (assuming you are talking total minutes. Maybe we scored more goals in those 6 wins and he didnt have to shut down the opposition.
Point is, this can be argured for or against Vaananen. Simple fact that cant be denied is this: He was on the #1 pairing for basically his entire time here, with Timonen, played very steady, no spectacular, and did his job. Once Jones and Parent were back, he was benched....Jones shouldnt have even been on the ice
Vaananen is what he is, a steady stay at home dman who is probably a #4/#5 guy that can handle more minutes at times....Those guys arent signed very quickly.
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