Thread: Speculation: Would you take Carle back?
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05-20-2012, 10:53 PM
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Originally Posted by VanSciver
Carle was absolutely elite in 5 on 5 play in 10/11. He led all NHL Defenseman in ES points that year. He also led all NHL players in plus games. And he was 6th in the NHL at +30. He continued this year to be one of the top NHL defenseman in ES points.
Again, so if Carle is "elite" and one of the top NHL d men etc., why can't or shouldn't he be the team's #1 D man?

Originally Posted by VanSciver
If Carle made terrible decisions with the puck, and his defensive positioning was below average. He wouldn't be playing the icetime he was
Originally Posted by VanSciver
Simple question. If what you say is true. Why is the Coaching staff playing him so much. Both in the playoffs and in the regular season without Pronger?
Sometimes players are put into roles or given minutes out of need, or lack of a better option. With Pronger out and the rest of the D pretty banged up, Carle (who was relatively healthy) was, at tiems, pressed into to the role of top minute guy for the Flyers. Kind of like how Steve Eminger played top pairing minutes for the Bolts after he was traded there for Carle. He did ok with it, but is that the ideal role for him? No. He's more of a third pairing guy who can spot into a top four role if need be. For the Flyers, Carle did what he could, but I don't think it's speaks that well for a team's D corps if he's their top minute getter. Not that it will definitely happen, but I fear that the team may just decide to pay him as such and keep him in that role.

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