Thread: Proposal: Mike Green >> NY Rangers
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05-05-2011, 03:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Steven Mastrosimone View Post
...and he can. The notion that Green is "terrible" defensively is complete and utter BS. One of the reasons it's so magnified is because he gets left out to dry on a regular basis. His defensive partners have all been awful. He played with Jeff freaking Schultz, aka, "Dubi broke my ankles".
I disagree. I've been watching the kid his entire career, and while he has gotten better the past two years, he's far from good. Maybe "terrible" is overstating it, but his defense is still well below average. And while there's truth to your assertion that his partners make him look worse, he hangs himself out to dry just as often.

Mike Green is never going to be a good defensive defenseman. That's okay though, as it's not really his role. There are offensive defenseman, defensive defenseman, and guys that have solid all-around games. Green is a purely offensive defenseman. If he's paired with a solid defensive defenseman, his deficiencies will be less glaring. Still noticeable, but not as harmful.

Now that I've said that, I'll reiterate that I hate him.

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