I made sure to use the sarcasm smilie. Just read some of the threads here and on the trade forum. Dude's been getting absolutely crushed. You'd think he's the worst D-Man ever given the bashing.
He's the worst defenseman for the money he's being paid in the NHL today. It's ugly out there. Dude needs a night off to watch from the box and see plays develop from a different angle. Although even in the press box he'll be shaking and looking over his shoulder....Mario is still physically imposing.
It's been a combination of that, and the team playing like absolute **** in front of him.
agreed, however consider....
The team plays better in front of fleury because of the confidence they have in him. When your goalie can't stop a beach ball it changes (in a bad way) how the team in front of him plays.
He had a much better defense in front of him last year, too. There's a big drop off between Hutchinson/Potter and Picard/Despres as far as actual D goes.
Potter was very good last year. Hutchinson, not so much. Picard is bad and Despres has to get back into game shape after missing over a month. Yesturday against Portland he was benched in the third period and WBS rotated 5 D-men to win 5-3.