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07-21-2012, 04:06 PM
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: New Jersey
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Here is what qualifies as top pairing ice time per game in the NHL: 17:57 even strength, or 22:13 total. Evidently it is not exact and you could reduce those a little, but I took the numbers from defensemen that placed 60th in avg ice time among all defensemen.
Fayne's respective numbers in the regular season were 17:14 (5th on the Devils of all defensemen) and 20:11 (again 5th). That is not to say he didn't make progress and establish himself, but a run of games playing slightly expanded minutes because of injuries is not substantial enough to cash in. He is durable, which works in his favor, but he's not going play regular PP, and he hasn't played top PK minutes.
Fayne's cake was playing #5 minutes, and his cherry on top was how he played in the last couple of months when he clocked #4 minutes. Maybe he'll get #4 minutes next year, we'll see, but until he does it regularly, he is not worth more than he got. He has to prove it first, and then he gets paid more. Many bottom-pairing defensemen are capable of playing top-4 minutes succesfully for a while before there's a drop-off in performance.
Just pointing out why it was not realistic to expect him to get $2m+ per year. What he got was a normal RFA deal.
My guess is that you don't watch many Devils game and are basing your comments purely off the stats sheets... and taking those numbers a little too literally.
And actually, if you're looking closely at the TOI for Devils defensemen, you'll notice that nobody on the team's defense really hit the numbers that you've specified in your post.
The Devils don't have what most teams would consider a #1/#2 pairing on the team. You have about 4 guys playing somewhere around ~20minutes a night with Salvador picking up significant PK time and Zidlicky picking up significant PP time.
Fayne (and his partner Andy Greene) however, are the ones who are usually facing the toughest competition against opposing teams top lines.
For this particular Devils team, Fayne & Greene would be consider the top pairing.
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