Thread: News Article: Matt Carle article
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07-22-2011, 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Beef Invictus View Post
Timonen: 5' 10" 194 lbs

Powe: 5' 11' 211 lbs

Carle: 6' 0 10" 205 lbs

Carle is about the same size as Powe, and Timonen is just smaller.

The thing is, Carle not only isn't physical, he doesn't stand his ground. He routinely allows opposing forwards to skate straight into the zone and towards the net. He routinely fails to hold opposing forwards to the perimeter. Hell, he even lets forwards skate past him near the boards without rubbing them out. These things happen enough to be noticeable. Most of the time, he plays soft. That gets him shredded occasionally, and sometimes when it in the playoffs this year.

Those are shortcomings, and they are major ones for someone who is on the top pairing with Pronger. It's been a problem in the past, and hopefully he improves.
First of all, those are just listed physical stats. Both Powe and Timonen are stockier and physically stronger players than Carle is.

The rest of your post, couldn't be more innacurate. And is as big a reach as your earlier weak attempt to discredit Carle with your comparison to Mike Green.

A player as you described simply wouldn't be as relied upon as heavily as the Flyers Coaching staff does with Carle.
It's a desperate reach that can't be backed up with any facts to support it. Pretty funny actually.

The player you describe simply isn't an NHL defenseman, let alone a 20 + minute top 4 NHL defenseman that Carle is.

Originally Posted by tuckrr View Post
carle's stick work is very effective on defense though. He strips guys and fights for loose pucks ALL THE TIME. On top of that he can make the quick pass out of the zone, or give it to his partner (which as long as it isnt bartulis or some other scrub works out)

Im not saying he's great at defense (he could definitely be more physical). But he is good at it. The fact that people wont acknowledge that indicates some clear bias.
Accurate analysis. Carle is never going to be a player that is ever considered great defensively.

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