I understand your point... but it doesn't address my question at all.
Say Lars Eller outperforms everyone, to the point where he HAS to be given more minutes.
He'll get ES minutes from TP and DD (from RW, to a lesser extent), and PP minutes from TP and DD, and PK minutes from... well, he certainly WON'T take DD PK minutes, right?
Hence my theory that if Eller plays really well, he'll take Plekanec's minutes on the PP -- especially with Tomas Plekanec's play taking a drop at the 40-game point. Unless it's actually a situation of DD playing really bad.
I mean, if what works is to take ONLY DD's icetime, then fine. The thing is, you'll STILL have a player playing too much minutes for my tastes (Plekanec).
This said, I concur that there should already have been an icetime adjustment, in order to give a little more minutes to the Kid line and and a little less minutes to the three other lines combined.
I tend to agree that Plekanec should play a little less to begin with, but the problem is that Plekanec has been one of our strongest forwards on the PP while Desharnais was horrible this year.
I'm not trying to make this a DD bashing thread, if Desharnais can show ANY life on the power play then yes, it changes things. Especially since our PP production is driven by the defense anyway. But first step is for Desharnais to stop being dead weight on the PP - if anything that's been where DD has been struggling more than even strength.
I was glad Ference got suspended for his hit. Not feeling that way anymore.
Why would you even come here to post that? Who cares what you think?
This is a discussion forum. That's what they're for. The replays weren't great, but I have it on PVR and rewinded it a few times and it looked like shoulder to chest and then Eller fell face first onto the ice, the ice doing most of the damage. If anyone has a better view than what CBC showed, I'd certainly look at that and it could change my view.
Nothing official, rds is reporting Eller lost a few teeth. Hopefully he "only" got knocked out by the hit to the chin like a boxer and did not sustained any concussion or broken jaw (Crosby). A broken nose can be tolerated.