Rangers All-Decade Worst Of The Worst: 1st Defense Pairing (Vote 2)
So after a close vote for third between Dave Karpa and Tom Poti in the second poll, I decided to include both, along with Ozolinsh, who was left off both polls for some stupid reason, meaning we will have 8 defensemen to vote to 7 spots.
Pick the two worst here. You're not trying to match pairing for anything other an inverse representation of their crappiness. So the worse they were, the higher up they should be. You're not trying to match offensive/defensive (for instance you don't need to try to match Ozolinsh and Purinton for the sake of creating a balanced pairing). Just pick the two worst.
Poti is a decent defenseman and always has been. Most of the other guys on this list were flat out awful.
My problem with Poti is similar to my problem with Zherdev. Poti has the talent to be a Norris Trophy type of player. He doesn't play with enough consistency. And he's the only defenseman I've ever seen who would rather get hit than hit somebody. There were times he actually went out of his way to avoid contact.
Nothing I hate more than a player with all the tools but no heart.