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09-19-2012, 10:52 AM
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Y2K, what happens when you take Bieksa away from Hamhuis? The same thing that happened when you used to take him away from Mitchell, his defensive game collapsed. It has been determined that when Bieksa is playing with a strong defensive partner he is a good defenseman. When he is not, his mistakes are far more glaring. This is a fact noticed by Canuck fans that cannot be measured in stats, yet we've seen the on ice product. Edler on the other hand didn't have a stable partner since Ehrhoff left, and even then many would argue he wasn't an ideal partner for Edler. Edler has proven to be quite versatile with who he can play with, he did pretty good last season considering his partner was a 36 year old over the hill defender in Salo. I'm not saying Garrison will necessarily change Edlers game and allow him to be a better player, but that seems to be the hope here in Vancouver. Let's wait and see, essentially. Edler is a far better player than Bieksa overall, Bieksa has just found a nice playing situation here that allows him to take advantage of chemistry to play a bit above his level.

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