Thread: Proposal: Mtl-phi
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02-23-2013, 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by FerrisRox View Post
Andrei Markov is clearly the Canadiens best defenseman thus far and since his return, P.K. Subban is also playing at a level clearly better than Diaz.

If you think Diaz is the Canadiens best defenseman this season, you are simply not paying attention.
Correct. Points are not the sum total of what makes a defenceman good or bad. Diaz has been excellent for us, and should continue to excel on the PP with Markov, but he is expendable for the right piece because we have Subban and Markov. We also have more of a need for a big net clearing and punishing defenceman to get bodies away from our net and stop players from driving down the center of our zone. Diaz can not do that.

This is, quite frankly, a laughable statement.
Actually, it was a very accurate statement. Nobody is saying Diaz IS as good as Rafalski right now. It is fair to say he is COMPARABLE to Rafalski based on a lot of factors (age to games ratio, points at similar stages of their careers, style of play, etc...). Please, while it is true that Diaz is not better than Subban or Markov, it is equally true that he has the POTENTIAL to be as good a PMD as Rafalski was. There is nothing you can point to that suggests otherwise.

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