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02-04-2013, 04:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Rutkowski View Post
Haha holy **** yeah you really underestimate him. I mean, that entire post was hilarious(yeah, *Yandle* is the reason Phoenix lost against the Kings in 2012(not that the entire team bar Doan just stopped scoring), the Red Wings in 2011(Bryzgalov having a breakdown pretty much every single game but the first) and the Wings again in 2010(Injury issues and Bryzgalov again).) but to think that Yandle isn't a shoe-in at the Olympics(because of his skill and experience) really shows that you're either underestimating him or really overestimating a bunch of other D-men.

I mean, *******.
Keep in mind I watched those two series very closely, really watched the LA one as well, but with no rooting interest. Yandle got abused by the Wings both years, you can blame it on Bryz who wasn't great but the pairing they were hurting was Yandle's pairing before getting to Bryz. Datsyuk ran wild on Yandle who had absolutely no answer and that was with Zetterberg out. The year before Zetterberg did his damage on Yandle. Seeing Yandle on the ice when they weren't on the powerplay was a very good thing for Wings fans in both years.

As for the US thing, I have an actual rooting interest as an American. I want them to send the best team possible and I think leaving him at home probably helps that. They have plenty of puck movers that can fill his role and provide better defensive zone coverage. It is the same reason he was left off the roster on the last go round. He has suited up for Team USA only once for the 2009-10 WC. He is in the running and I guess he could be the PP specialist but he doesn't have Olympic experience so he is unlikely to beat out any of the returning guys. And they have some decent options over him. He is by no means a shoe-in, he needs his defensive game to get better to earn that title, something that seems fairly unlikely. For me OEL is already the #1 d-man in Phoenix and with good reason, he is a much better all around player.

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