David Desharnais next contract
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09-03-2012, 09:49 AM
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If we give DD the two largest and best wingers on the team, 3 minutes a game of PP time, tons of ozone starts, and privileged opposition when getting the opportunity to do so at home, then we are structuring the team around.
this might all be semantics, i understand what you're saying, but i still don't think that it's "structuring the team around Desharnais".
the way i see it, desharnais' wingers were 13 and 18 in goal scored for the entire league. could they have scored just as much with tougher opposition? could plekanec fed them well enough to allow them to score that many goals? would desharnais still have 60 points without these two?
who knows... to all questions, my suspicion is most likely not. would the team have performed better? maybe, i don't know... what killed the team was the shootout and third period cluster****s. i fail to see how desharnais was responsible for either and he's one of our better shootout player so
and i know you know this, but the sedins are also sheltered in the same way desharnais was last year. i am not comparing whichever sedin plays center to desharnais, far from it. but if you have a selke-type of center (kesler/plekanec), it's better to give the more offensive player the soft, offensive minute, and give the other center the tough minutes. maximizing goals for, minimizing goal against.
ideally, you want a center that can take the tough minute, and rip his opposition - those guys are rare... hopefully, galchenyuk will be that guy, but in the meantime, i see no problem in sheltering DD and letting plekanec handle the tough minutes. but that man needs wingers though. seriously...
centering the team around him
? no. but that doesn't mean he can't play an important role for the habs in the future - as center, on wing, centering the first or third line...
edit: my post is all over the place
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