Thread: Speculation: Defense - Who sits?
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01-28-2013, 10:15 PM
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StellerEller
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The great thing about PK returning to the D core is not just that Boullion-Diaz will have less minutes but that the large majority of the game will be

Markov-Emelin
Subban-Gorges

Both of those pairs can play 30mins each if need be. Now, of course they won't but the fact that we have two pairs capable of playing more than competent top line minutes makes our D core pretty solid going forward, we can shorten the bench if need be and we can even put markov and subban together for extra offense if the situation calls for it. I won't be holding my breath having Boullion-diaz on the ice a la campoli/kaberle last season (shudder).

Markov-Emelin can even be the #2 pairing, getting them better assignments and better mismatches to rack up points, and allow Subban and Gorges to shut down the top lines of the opposition. This takes a great strain off Markov and his health/stamina (he isn't a young guy anymore, and though hes not ancient, its best to have him as fresh as possible) and Emelin will have more of a safety net since Gorges>Emelin. This could allow Emelin to blossom offensively as well against weaker competition. Really looking forward to having PK back. Plus our D core next year could be:

Markov-Emelin
Gorges-Subban
Tinordi-Diaz
UFA/rookie


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