Thread: 2011-12 line up
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09-23-2011, 01:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Spongolium View Post
No, you break up the pairing so that a developing defenseman in gus has someone to learn from, and that his rookie mistakes can be covered somewhat.

Coburn is 26 and will be 27 before the season is over. If he can't play with anything other than a star defenseman at this point then I doubt that he ever will.
A young defenseman can learn just as well from a lesser pair. Your going to play Timonen a lot of minutes. It's not fair to expect Gustafsson to do the same. You play him in a lesser role on a 3rd pair and let him learn there. Just like countless of other young defenseman have done.

For some reason you have this opinion that Coburn can't play with anyone but Timonen. I think he can. But I don't see the need to break up an effective pairing.

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