Does anybody want Matt Carle back?
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06-20-2012, 08:33 AM
Join Date: Oct 2007
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Here's my inexpert list of Carle pros, meh's and cons, if I may:
Blocking shots (led the team with 164)
1-on-1 defensive coverage (my opinion)
Puck carrying (generally good except for the team-leading giveaways)
Giveaways (led the team with 55)
Hitting (55 hits, tying him with Gilbert Brule [33 games], Jeff Halpern , Sheldon Souray , Marc Staal , Steve Staios  and Lee Stempniak )
Defensive-zone positioning (my opinion)
Stats are taken from Frank Seravalli's
season stats wrap-up
Carle's TSN page
NHL stats page
I actually agree with this list. He's a very good passer and shot blocker, but his 1-on-1 isn't super strong and I can't count the number of times he was out of position in his own zone leading to goals against. I also like, which some would disagree with, him trying going in deep and willing to join the rush. Many D don't so to see him do it is encouraging as long as he does it at the proper times.
I know I've said it before, but I wouldn't mind resigning him to a deal that is under $5 mil for a few seasons. It's the long-term, over priced (self inflicted bid raising) that makes it questionable. The last thing we need is another unmovable, declining player on a long term contract because we were afraid to let him hit the open market.
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