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06-19-2012, 07:45 PM
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The numbers on the matter actually support both sides of this debate. Karlsson was used as Ottawa's toughest competition unit. However his and Kuba's quality of competition metrics are far below the norm for a typical tough minutes pairing. They didn't hard match him against strong opponents like teams usually do with their best defensive pairing. Which makes sense, his talents are biased towards offense.

Notice how Karlsson is off in the bottom right hand corner. He qualifies for a shutdown pairing but was probably the most lightly used of all such beasts in the NHL last year.

So he played tough minutes but not Chara, Weber, Bouwmester, Subban or Phaneuf tough minutes.

That said its a decent contract for Ottawa. Karlsson is a quality defenseman. I wouldn't worry too much about Subban's contract. Scoring totals always end up a factor in these things even if players are relatively equal in actual value (which I think Karlsson and Subban are, hardly anyone factors in Subban's ridiculous value as a top level penalty killer for example).

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