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06-30-2011, 11:50 AM
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A good solid defensive D like Hammer brings intangible like stability to the defense. And he's a very good anchor when matched with practically any D. But these aspects don't show up in clear numbers.
But really, all the non-appreciation and even hate is due to... wait for it: his contract! What else?!
People claim Gorges can fill Hammer's shoes. We'll see soon enough that he can't, if he's actually asked to play a similar role (e.g. an anchor of his own defensive duo). But people will forgive him or dismiss the fact he can't replace Hammer because he's relatively cheap. When Gorges ends up in all fours interfering his own goalie in a tough scramble in front of the net, these people will forgive and forget... because he's cheap.
I have nothing against Gorges. I actually like the player. But he's no Hamrlik.
Gorges had some really great 'moments', but his stats always go down on the long run if he plays top 4 minutes, whereas Hamrlik doesn't.
Gorges allowed 36 goals on 762 minutes of ice-time, for a 2,83 GAA average, whereas Hamrlik allowed 73 goals on 1760 minutes of ice-time, for a GAA of 2,49. This might look like a big difference, but Gorges (10 GA 136 mn 4,40GAA) played twice as much time (per game) on the PK where he excelled compared to Hamrlik (24 GA 153 mn 9,41 GAA). Where the difference regarding top 4 capacity is noticable is at ES where Hamrlik had a 2,39 GAA (1404 mn vs 56 GA) and Gorges a 2,60 GAA (602 vs 26)
While Hamrlik is not suited for PK duty like Gorges is, he is more suited for ES duty on the top pairings.
I'm doubtful that Gorges can fill Hamrlik's shoes.
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