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12-10-2012, 11:13 PM
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Originally Posted by 2MGoBlue2 View Post
Gardiner is a LD, meaning he plays on the Left Side. Lidstrom and Kronwall both play(ed) on the left side and could not play together. Gardiner nor Smith are better than either of them and neither of them can play RD (right defense). Hence both would be in the bottom pairing, at best, and probably sitting regularly due to an overabundance of LD behind Kronwall and Lidstrom. Replace Smith with Gardiner and Gardiner would have been playing in the AHL last season too.
Smith can occasionally play on the right, has done so with Kronwall. But that wasn't the plan, they are doing exactly what they want with Smith. Hard to argue with the results we have enjoyed, we will see when the season finally starts. However, pretty easily the amount of turnovers Gardiner pumps out would have got him a bus ticket to Grand Rapids in Detroit in the event (which never would have happened) that he broke camp.

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