Well, seeing as Berube thinks he is, the burden-of-proof lies on the conspiracy theorists
yep, the conspiracy guys
Maybe not so much. Every game Mez has miss was a coaches decision. The same can't be said for Gus, he got injured allowing Mez to come in. He plays at almost a ppg pace in the games then gets yanked in favor of Gus. That should tell you something about what the coaches think of his defense considering offense certainly wasn't the issue.
I think it was a matchup thing, the Bruins forecheck and cycle would give Mez some trouble. Not that other guys wouldn't have issues with it too (they have, obviously), but it's a good time to dress Gus who's pretty mobile back there.