Offseason Media Speculation
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05-15-2012, 10:05 PM
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What's with the Babchuck hate? I remember him getting no opportunities all year and being a gentleman about it. Unlike Sarich, who went to the media with a trade request, Babchuck has grinded it out in the press box waiting for a chance to play, and hasn't played bad when given a chance. Can't ask for a better 7th D-man IMO.
Babchuk deserted the Hurricanes twice to go play in Russia. His agent complained about his ice time during the Tim Erixon saga. Then only signed with us when he got no other offers.
He is bad defensively, he is less physical than Bouwmeester, he couldn't skate to save his life and the only pluses to his game are a big shot and the fact he blocks shots (which may or may not be attributed to the fact he is too slow to get out of the way).
And we don't know Sarich requested a trade, we know Warrener (and only Warrener) said Sarich wanted a trade, which Sarich said were untrue.
Also I would rather have a defenseman upset about not playing one than one that is content counting his cash in the pressbox.
And a better #7 defenseman would be one making 1/4 of Babchuk's bloated 2.5 million.
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