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01-25-2013, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by MrBurgundy View Post
I personally think one of management's best decisions was to keep Despres with the big club so he could play an average of 9:57 TOI/G. I mean clearly that's helping him become a better defender than just sending him back down to the minors to log big minutes in a top pairing role. At the very least it allowed us to rid ourselves of that worthless defender Brian Strait who had to clear waivers, unlike Despres. Strait sucked so much he's been picked up by the Islanders, and has even been put with Mark Streit. You only do that with players that have no future in the league. Hell even Islander fans have been saying he's playing well, and you know how dubious their opinions are.
Playing on the third pairing for a year didn't seem to hurt Letang in 2007-2008...

I actually see a lot of similarities between Despres and Letang. Not playing a ton, making some bad decisions, but generally showing some promise. But really it's not as big of a deal as you are making it out to be.

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