Redmond & Postma > Hainsey & Clitsome?
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02-02-2013, 08:22 PM
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You may have to wait for Trouba, because even Buff is not physical for his size.
I always admired Stuart's physicality, intensity, shot-blocking, etc... but if you look under the surface, much of that is to make up for limitations in speed and finesse. Hainsey looks less intense on the ice, but is much more efficient as a player and this is borne out statistically. Unfortunately, it does not garner him any love when the team is losing.
To reiterate, no one is saying Hainsey is Scott Stevens, but he gets the job done for a #4...and appearances can be deceiving.
But we've got an over-abundance of that non-intense D. During the home opener against Ottawa, Michaleck or some other Ottawa forward came in and snowed Pavelec after he'd frozen the puck and our D (I think it was Hainsey, but doesn't really matter) just skated away! WTF? I thought to myself at that point, Well, I guess Pavs is going to have to wait for Trouba to get here before he can expect not to get snowed... Now, snowing the goalie should be a penalty anyway, but you can't let the other team get away with that! I think we can all agree that if it had been Gary Bettman skating in and deducting 12% of Pavs' pay, Hainsey would've sliced his head off with the carbon fibre blade of his stick.
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