Gill Diaz is a bad pairing, Gill s too slow and Diaz s not experienced enough to go run around.
And agreed with Spacek he had a good game tonight, he s been ok this season, much better than Gill at least who cost us 2-3 games already
Yes. Emelin is a young gritty KHL All-Star defenceman. He is our future, Gill isn't our future. Gill can sit to help the team, he gets tired and is not physical, Emelin can play physical. Shouldn't be an issue Gill got his 1,000th game he's not aiming at 2,000. Or, we can send Diaz down without waivers, right?
Gill is always crap at the start of every season, it just takes a while to get his big motor goin'. But yes, his icetime should be reduced until he starts playing better. He's also valuable on the PK even when he is playing bad.
Or witness the play when he dove across the net, making an amazing save, and saving the game for us?
He's still developing. And still getting used to the smaller rink. He's not a top defenseman right now, but he's holding his own as a Top-4 guy on a team with some injuries.
He isn't terrible, but I'd still put him 7th in the rotation. If it was just even strength I'd take Gill out because he's been poor but when one of the rookie three is on the penalty kill the Habs run into trouble.
I can see how someone else could have an honest difference of opinion on this though.