Well he was basically completely to blame for the second. A terrible turnover, then he doesn't fan out to cover allowing a breakaway pass right by him.
He has not been very good since about the ten game mark. My brother lives in the San Fran area and gets tickets occasionally, kind of too far to be a STH. But he says he is every bit as bad as he was last year, seems to be a little more physical with the Sharks though according to him. Thinks it is playing with an overall physical team there, but still lost a step and still not that great with the puck anymore.
Very few physical defenseman are good for a long period of time. Not only does it take a toll on your body, but its hard work. The simple fact of having to get yourself up to play such a thankless style of hockey seems humanly impossible for most. And I don't blame them.
I don't think he has. Players who play as physical as Stuart does, without taking penalties, are rare. Ericsson, for example, 12 minor penalties in 41 games last year. Stuart had 12 in 82. Those 12 minor penalties are probably 2-3 extra goals over the course of the year.
And even if Ericsson had replaced Stuart, nobody replaced Ericsson.
I like DD. But Saying Dekeyser (after six or seven games) replaced Stuart is like saying Kindl replaced Lidstrom.
Last edited by RedWingsNow*: 04-21-2013 at 08:59 PM.