2010-11 Lineup Projections
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07-04-2010, 05:26 PM
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Location: Johnson City, TN
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Again, if that happens we are in trouble. You might like Bouillion but the fact is, he's 35 and
has never even come close to 18 minutes a night much less 20.
He is a bottom pairing defenseman that can eat 15 minutes and not kill you, that's about it, he's not getting better at 35. Hell just playing a full season without being a healthy scratch is new to him.
That's actually inaccurate. Bouillon's TOI per game, from 2003-04 onward:
2010 - 19:18
2009 - 16:29
2008 - 17:31
2007 - 18:18
2006 - 20:46
2004 - 19:39
Those numbers were really surprising to me. If we had a really strong #3 defender, we could definitely do worse for a #4 guy than Bouillon...
... but Klein has not shown the capability to be a strong #3. Despite being a fantastic skater, good open-ice hitter, and moderately skilled puck-handler, he makes mental error after mental error after mental error.
If we have a shot at Willie Mitchell or a similar player for a reasonable amount on a one-year deal, we need to do it. It would, barring any serious injuries, resolve any major question marks about our defense.
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