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07-28-2013, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Beef Invictus View Post
Statistically, he WAS a solid top 4 defender last year. He has become better than Mez, and his very solid international play only helps confirm that.

A big problem with this team is the constant overpayment for Dmen. Mez is overpaid for what he is. Gus is exactly what the team needs...someone of top 4 skill on an affordable contract. I'll take that over Mez 59 days a week. Also, he doesn't get injured if he breathes too hard.
Could you elaborate on this a little bit more? He played 27 games last year, and I don't remember exactly what would make him statistically a top four defender from these 27 games. I agree that Mez is overpaid and injury prone. No doubt about that. That is why I think he should be (and will be traded). However, if he is not, he is still a better hockey player than Gus if he is healthy. You don't throw away a guy's career after an 11 game injury shortened season, just like a guy doesn't become a top four defender based on a 27 game shortened season.

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