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10-14-2011, 12:44 PM
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I'm a pens fan and huge letang fan, but come on you silly Canadian barry.

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10-14-2011, 12:46 PM
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He`s barely a top-10 defenseman, Barry Mullet, slow your roll.

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10-14-2011, 12:49 PM
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I don't know the context of the comment, but if he's meant simply thus far in the season, I'm actually inclined to agree with him. I've watched 3 Pens games already and Letang is taking the toughs quite often, with at least one of him and Martin always on the ice against other teams' top lines. He's also, too often, carrying barely-NHLers like Engelland or Lovejoy on his line. He's putting up more than a PPG. He's always on their shootout and is fairly good at it (if memory serves).

He's been lights out so far. The best player by a good mark on a team that has 3 wins in 5 games and has yet to lose in regulation. If he's not the best player in the NHL thus far, he's certainly up there in the conversation.

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10-14-2011, 12:49 PM
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Great, you're looking at individual players on isolated games. I'm look at Letang over a four game span. Talk about sample size...
Two years ago, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Penner were exchanging leads in the scoring race for almost 20-25 games, if memory serves me correctly. At the end of the season, neither of them finished top 15 in scoring.

IMO, there's a difference between being "the hottest player in the league" and being "the best player in the league". The best player in the game shouldn't switch from game to game or week to week. If I'm going to pick the best defenseman in the game, I might go with Stanley Cup winner and Norris finalist Zdeno Chara or 7-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom or Gold Medalist and Norris Finalist Shea Weber or Stanley Cup and Norris winner Duncan Keith.

Kris Letang could have morphed into Bobby Orr these last four games and I still would have gravitated to the more proven, consistent defensemen in the game.

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10-14-2011, 12:57 PM
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I'm a Pens fan, and I think Melrose's comments are just asinine. Letang is a very good, very promising young defenseman...but he is very inconsistent. His 2nd half of last year was mediocre both from an offensive and defensive standpoint. Yes, not having Crosby and Malkin hurt, but that is no excuse for the decline in his defensive game at the end of the year. Elite d-men like Weber, Chara, Lidstrom, etc. are consistent all year round. That is what makes elite players what they are...consistency. As of now, Letang is too inconsistent to be considered a top 5 d-man in the league. Once he finds it though, look out NHL...

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10-14-2011, 01:04 PM
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poor Americans...still subjected to Melrose

glad I never have to hear him flap his lips on TSN or Sportsnet

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10-14-2011, 01:04 PM
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Hyperbole at its best.

Letang is a great defenseman - true.
Letang is a top 10 defenseman - possible, but arguably true
Letang has been the best defenseman this season so far - likely true
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Letang is the best player in the NHL or Letang is playing the best defense of anyone since Lindstrom in the early 2000's - 100% ridiculous

Thankfully, the number of people who believe either one of the last two statements is tiny.

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10-14-2011, 01:30 PM
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Haha.

Yup.
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10-14-2011, 01:31 PM
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I love it...Melrose manipulates the fans with the best of em. A simple off the wall statement gets him talked about all day.....

Genious, but the statement itself is absurd.

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10-14-2011, 02:18 PM
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Steven Stamkos sucks.

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10-14-2011, 02:26 PM
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All this tells me is Letang has been unreal to start the year, you can't become the best player in the game in 5-6 games. Can't wait to see him play soon though...he's been a good player since entering the league.

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10-14-2011, 02:35 PM
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Barnaby > Melrose

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10-14-2011, 02:36 PM
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... I'm almost convinced Barry Melrose is an elaborate troll on the hockey world and that ESPN is laughing their ***** off at us.

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10-14-2011, 02:38 PM
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He just said this on Sportscenter.


Steve Levy: "That's quite a statement"

Reasoning: "He's unbelievable"


...and he gets the job done! gotta love Barry

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10-14-2011, 03:03 PM
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Yes, you can. A larger sample size would be ideal when determining consistency, an issue with Letang from last season. However, he has been a Top-5 dman during the first handful of games.
Then currently David Legwand is the best offensive player in the league....

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10-14-2011, 03:15 PM
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Barry Melrose is absolutely clueless.......which is why he is on a sports entertainment network like ESPN.ESPN is nothing more than the WWE of sports coverage, its really horrible to watch that whole bunch of charlatans with the exception of a few of them.

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10-14-2011, 03:28 PM
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Melrose is an idiot. Always has been always will be.
This

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10-14-2011, 03:34 PM
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On NHL.com today Melrose named Letang the best Dman of the week, Kessel the best forward of the week, and Bryz the best goalie of the week.

If he's going to go best of the week and judge week by week, then cool. If he just names Letang best player in the NHL period, then he's just being plain dumb, just like his hair cut.

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10-14-2011, 03:49 PM
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Melrose is an idiot. Always has been always will be.

"Stamkos is not ready for the NHL yet"

Dumb ass


Letang is great though
Haha wasnt it barry who coached stamkos in his first year before getting canned? Never understand his hate for stamkos.

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10-14-2011, 04:18 PM
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I'd take Kimmo over Letang as well.
To be blunt, you're an idiot if you would do this. There's no reason other than lying for anyone to say this.

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10-14-2011, 05:04 PM
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he may not be the best player but I def think he is underrated
You must not come here too often.

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10-14-2011, 05:14 PM
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Was that a different vid from the one just now? I thought he said THIS WEEK. If not then he's dumb..

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10-14-2011, 05:22 PM
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Barry Melrose obviously values hair above any other attribute.
Works for Dan Patrick

ESPN should let me do NHL analysis , I would be unbiased and accurate.

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10-14-2011, 05:23 PM
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BM = Joke

If I were Kris Letang, I would be royally pissed if I heard this coming from this guys mouth about me
you see, the thing about a quote is that it's supposed to be what somebody actually said.

the more you know.

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10-14-2011, 05:30 PM
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Works for Dan Patrick

ESPN should let me do NHL analysis , I would be unbiased and accurate.
I would pay some serious money to see who would piss off audiences more... you or Skip Bayless.

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