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03-19-2013, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by RJ8812 View Post
one 6 game series =/= the entire season
And neither does 30 games. Not to mention it wasn't just a 6 game series it was, coincidentally, about 30.

He's played the minutes of a #1 this year and he's not. He hasn't regressed, he's being exposed because he is being asked to do something he isn't capable of. He is still a good Top 4 defenseman like he's always been. He cannot carry a pairing, but he is an excellent partner for a legit #1. Did I just imagine the past several years of him and Timonen being a good pairing night in and night out?

Originally Posted by flyershockey View Post
I certainly wasn't, and much of their success was from Grossman playing fantastically well. It's no coincidence that the pair wasn't nearly as effective after Grossman's knee injury. Also, if he was playing well, it should just be another example of how frustrating a player he truly is. He's had 7 NHL seasons to figure out how to be consistent, and he simply hasn't. His month long streaks are nice to watch, but he's expected to be much more than that based on his position with the team and his salary.
It isn't a coincidence because usually when half of whatever you have is playing hurt, it's not going to be as good.

Your problem is that your expectations do not match with reality. He is not a great player, he is a solid player. Solid players make mistakes, and lack consistency, but are good more often than not. Great players are consistent, they are #1 dmen. He is not, and he is not paid to be either. He is paid to be a Top 4 dman, which he is. He can play on a top pairing just fine if he's not forced to carry it. He and Grossman worked well together, but they would not work out as a top pairing over the course of a season. This is why we need an actual #1.

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