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06-08-2012, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Syracuse Bulldogs View Post
Carle simply doesn't pass the "eye test".

My Flyers D rankings:
1. Timonen, Coburn, Grossmann, Meszaros, Carle, Gustafsson.

Now that is just the way I feel. I think your 5th best defenseman should be making more than Coburn (4.5), Grossmann (3.5), Meszaros (4.0).

Its fine if you like Carle, I just don't see the value in him. A good shutdown D man is like a good Offensive Tackle, if they are doing their job you don't even notice them. I notice Carle all the time for all the wrong reasons, whether it be the turnovers, lack of intensity, or letting players camp out in the crease.
Carle isn't a shutdown d-man though. If you had a shutdown D-man trying to do what Carle does, it would be disasterous haha. What if Grossmann was handling the puck as much as Carle?

You need to strike a balance between stay at home guys, puck movers, and guys that do a bit of both.

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