I really think you let your hate of the player color your opinion on this matter. As i have said, I was in the Clitsome over Jones camp before the Canes game, but I understand this move.
You talk to no end about Jones being protected etc. etc. but he is a bottom pair defenseman. All bottom pair guys get protected. His penalty killing was excellent. He was physical and he ended up a friggin plus 2.
Again, you may want to be a tad more objective with this player. There were PLENTY of reasons the Jets lost to the Canes. Jones was not one of them.
I would not have been upset if they put Clitsome in tonight but keeping Jones in makes perfect sense.
Little bit no doubt. No doubt that Jones was not close to the reason that the Jets lost the last game. I think Clitsome would have helped, but it would not have made the difference. It would have given Huddy some better options for match ups. Clitsome proved on Friday he can handle playing against top lines, hence does not need to be protected like Jones.
I am not totally against this move tonight, I was just moreso refuting points about Noel today. People are saying Noel is keeping him in for loyalty (a point I disagree with as does every team that makes deadline pickups (hint: EVERY TEAM)) or that since he was good last game he can't come out (something that Noel has proven that he does not take into consideration).
Tonight is one game that I do not have a big problem with, honestly Pittsburgh is one of the team's I am not overly concerned with leaving Jones in for. They have a deadly PP where Jones will be alright, and they are not an overly fast team so Jones won't be hung out to dry to bad.