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02-19-2013, 02:13 AM
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Originally Posted by opendoor View Post
I think you're too focused on pairings. Ballard's problem wasn't that he was too expensive for the 3rd pairing; it's that he was terrible and bordering on unplayable in even the most sheltered roles. He was about as effective as Andrew Alberts at 4 times the cost and was outplayed by Rome.

If Garrison does find himself in the 3rd pairing at ES, it's not the end of the world. So far this season the Canucks are fairly equal in terms of ice time among their defense at ES with only 1:30 separating #1 Bieksa from #6 Tanev. If Garrison got Ballard's ES minutes with his own special teams ones he'd be a 21 minute a night defenseman which is basically exactly what was expected.

You're okay with 4.6 million dollars for 5 additional years on the third pairing?

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