I think he has more to do with the game then you think. I know I would be playing a little more free knowing he was there. He takes away some of the accountably for the players just having him there to regulate.
Come on. He played less than eight minutes. He's a defenseman. Eight minutes as a defenseman is DJ King ice time and you know it. Don't let your agenda dictate your interpretation of the facts.
Is he didnt "play", what did Sarge do last night
Barely played, is still played. And played well in his limited role. +1, 1BS.
I wonder if rolling 2.5 D pairs is having an adverse affect on the development of one John Carlson. Sure its probably his high TOI, but hockey players are superstitious. They like consistency in partners and expectations. The pairs are getting scrambled up some, even if he is with the same guy more often than not.
Dale needs to start by cutting his TOI or responsibilities (PP1), do something.