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02-19-2013, 03:12 AM
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Originally Posted by shortshorts View Post
You're okay with 4.6 million dollars for 5 additional years on the third pairing?
It depends on the makeup of the rest of the defense. If Garrison played 15-16 minutes at ES and 5 minutes of special teams per game what does it matter which pair he's on? Ehrhoff played primarily on the 3rd pair at even strength in 09-10 and he led the team in ice time.

Why couldn't you have the ice time distributed like this with Tanev taking up one of the blank spots:

Edler (23 min) - _______ (18 min)
Hamhuis (21 min) - Bieksa (22 min)
Garrison (20 min) - ______ (16 min)

And those numbers could be even higher once you factor in OT (I was basing it on 120 minutes divided up between the 6 players).

In fact other than last season, going with 5 guys at 20+ minutes has pretty much been the Canucks MO under Vigneault the last few years. Ehrhoff, Edler, Bieksa, and Salo have all gotten tons of time from the 3rd pairing at times and I don't see why it'd be considered a big failure to have Garrison there if neither he nor Edler can get comfortable on the right side.

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