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10-04-2003, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Takeo21
Sorry, but there is no way in hell Delmore gets paired with Zhitnik. Theoretically, you're pairing our #1 and #6 d-men. Delmore was acquired as a PP specialist in the first place! Ruff needs to exploit his strengths (PP) and at the same time his minimize the chances of getting burned by his weaknesses (D). #1 pairing ice-time is not the strategy for that.
If Delmore is so damn bad on defense why isn't he just a forward then who can play the point on the PP? Any way you look at it Delmore will be exposed often enough this year. As least Zhitnik would be able to save him more than any other defenseman on this team. I personally don't think McKee is quick enough to cover Delmore's mistakes. That would then force:

Kalinin-Zhitnik
McKee-Campbell
Tallinder-Delmore

And still McKee could possibly, if Campbell is caught and can't get back, be SOL. I think the way I set it up would be the most balanced ability wise. I understand you're point of Delmore with #1 pairing ice time, but this would force Ruff to balance the workload between all 3 defensive pairings. Zhitnik still gets his 23 or 24 a game with PK and PP, keeping Delmore around 18. McKee and Campbell around 18 or 19 each. Tallinder and Kalinin, the best all around pairing could shoulder the burden more so this way. Maybe you are right and I'm just wishfully thinking that Delmore isn't as bad defensively as advertised, but I think that Zhitnik in a contract year could hold up his responsibilities and Delmore's blown ones.

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