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12-06-2012, 04:55 AM
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FlyingKostitsyn
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Originally Posted by Lebowski View Post
That stupid debate between Desharnais and Eller has to stop.
OH YES, please.

I'm just glad we have both.

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Originally Posted by DAChampion
Here are some facts:
- Eller had 0:39 PP TOI/Game, Desharnais had 3:17.
- Eller had 12:17 ES TOI/game against tough opposition and at both ends of the ice, Desharnais had 14:38 ES TOI/Game against easier opposition, and more frequently in the offensive zone.
- Desharnais played with Cole and Pacioretty. Eller played with Bourque, Moen, Gomez, Palushaj, etc on his line.
- Eller is 3 years younger than Desharnais
- Eller and Desharnais both scored 16 goals last year, but Eller had 12 assists and Desharnais had 44.
Nice facts, but they can be applied to anyone playing on the bottom 6. Ryan White is young than Desharnais and did not have any PP time while playing mostly with scrubs. Is it unfair or simply a case of using players according to their strenghts?

And I don't think anyone is seriously saying Desharnais is better than a prime year Koivu, few are even saying he's better than Plekanec now, let alone Plekanec in his best years. No idea why you brought this up. There is a Desharnais ''defense'' not because we think he's the best thing since sliced bread but because we think he's a good and useful player and some people here are extremely ''aggressive'' towards the idea of having a center that isn't 6 foot 3 so they would replace Desharnais by just about anyone, even Andreas Engqvist. If Desharnais is gone, then they'll attack Plekanec (some already do). Its all about the mythical perceived necessity to have tall centers the media instilled in fans 10 years ago because they wanted to pressure the Habs in acquiring Lecavalier. Apart from reach in the defensive zone its not even that useful for a center to be big, its more useful for wingers who have to fight in the corner IMHO.


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