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12-28-2010, 01:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Pinkfloyd View Post
Basically, what I'm seeing is when the blue line is healthy, Huskins is still with Demers on the 3rd pairing...which is always protected in terms of matchups. Then Wallin is on the 2nd pairing with Vlasic and the pairing is just awful.

The root behind them seeing less time in those situations is their God awful puck movement. While Huskins has been better positionally than Wallin, they're equally as crappy at moving the puck and routinely give the puck away in the most ridiculous ways possible. I would gladly sit both of them for Joslin and Braun but that's just not going to happen. lol
What?! He's been one of the worst defensemen so far. Derek Joslin is the best of a really bad situation. He's one notch above Mike Moore, and that's not saying much.

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.
You can't rush a young player's development just because he had a decent 14 game stretch. You're not considering other factors that go along with giving minutes to a rookie. Will Braun's conditioning be a problem later on in the season? Will he be mentally weary come playoff time? With your logic we shouldn't even put any of our promising young players in the minors, hell just cut 'em loose in the NHL and see what happens. Plus Justin Braun is not the answer for the Sharks winning games (he's a welcomed addition and adds a nice offensive dynamic, but there are other, more serious, issues with the team right now).

By the way, teams do bench players making $2.5 mil/yr, they even send them to the minors.

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