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12-28-2010, 12:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Pinkfloyd View Post
Huskins has been responsible but that doesn't mean he's been strong. Wallin has been worse and there really isn't any doubt about that. However, they're not playing the same role. When the blue line is healthy, Wallin is seeing better competition on average and is outmatched by it. I also never said he's not bad defensively...just not strong.

Why is sitting Wallin realistic? Teams don't just bench 2.5 million dollar players. The Braun thing is evidence for that very point. Braun hasn't been worse than Wallin defensively and has contributed well offensively. There is simply no evidence to suggest that McLellan will bench Wallin anytime soon. He's never done it and likely never will. It is just ignoring reality to think that they will bench Wallin at any point during this season. If he's healthy, he's playing. Period.
Huskins, Wallin and Braun are in a virtual tie for the worst qualcomp on the blueline. Wallin isn't seeing better competition. That ended early in the year.

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