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04-24-2013, 11:41 PM
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WarriorOfGandhi
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Originally Posted by ABasin View Post
Wow, it is indeed hard to accept the truth about a (so far) bad trade involving the team which we support. But have we really regressed to this? 'Soft minutes'? LOL.

The guy plays legitimate 2nd pairing minutes on a team which is Top 10 in the NHL defensively. He's a solid defender.
Shattenkirk plays against the second-easiest matchups that Hitchcock can get him against (only Russell gets easier matchups) while starting 57% of his shifts in the offensive zone. He's second in PP time on ice while being fifth in PK time on ice for Blues dmen. Regardless of his defensive acumen, he's getting about the softest minutes a defenseman can in the NHL short of being Marc-Andre Bergeron.

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