Thread: Confirmed with Link: Ducks sign Sheldon Souray. 3 years 3.67 mil
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07-04-2012, 06:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Pwnasaurus View Post
He should not be playing 1st pairing minutes, he's not ready and it is destroying his confidence and our lack of minute eating defensemen can only stunt his progression. It showed last season. Florida did the same thing with Bouwmeester...

Just watch the games, he did regress defensively, whether that is a byproduct of being thrust into a less than optimal situation for his growth or not, it happened.
Defensively is not at all where any regression was. He took steps forward in the defensive zone. It was his offensive game which took a step back, and frankly part of that was because he was being used wrong. He was stapled to the blue line, which handcuffed him a bit. Boudreau made a mistake in that department, and we should all hope he learns from that mistake. There's a reason the offensive side of his game looked better under Carlyle, and then later under Gordon at the WC's.

As for his role, Zapp is correct. He was put into a much bigger role. Looking at the minutes doesn't do it justice. He was playing a top pairing role, and whether he was ready for it or not is moot, in this discussion. Anaheim didn't have a better alternative.

And, for the record, that wasn't the 3rd year. It was the 2nd year.

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