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VaxjoDevil
01-07-2012, 07:20
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJY8YVIO68o

LGD!

vonbonds
01-07-2012, 08:03
They didn't kiss each other??? Be more better next time! LGD!!!

Dr. Doom
01-07-2012, 08:24
Mmmmmm Swedish women :)

Clarkson Falls Down
01-07-2012, 08:53
Good to see Palmieri back up. Was never a fan of him being given a big role out of the gate this year, but he's a helluva lot better option for the bottom 6 that most of the stiffs we got.

vonbonds
01-07-2012, 09:09
Good to see Palmieri back up. Was never a fan of him being given a big role out of the gate this year, but he's a helluva lot better option for the bottom 6 that most of the stiffs we got.

+1 Couldn't have said it better myself. I don't think he has top 6 talent but I am perfectly content with him on the bottom 6.

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 09:29
Hopefully Tedenby and Palms is in and the terrible two are both out.

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 12:52
My guess is that Tedenby will still be scratched and Zalewski will be the other scratch for Palmieri. Pretty much because that's the worst possible lineup that could be made from the available players.

vonbonds
01-07-2012, 13:53
My guess is that Tedenby will still be scratched and Zalewski will be the other scratch for Palmieri. Pretty much because that's the worst possible lineup that could be made from the available players.

Lol...no faith, eh :)

Zajac's Bowl Cut
01-07-2012, 14:38
TGfireandice: Palmieri, Tedenby will play tonight. Janssen is out. Sestito or Carter won't play.

TGfireandice: No new injuries, DeBoer said. He just is looking for more out of bottom 2 lines.

TGfireandice: DeBoer also wants to roll 4 lines tonight in second game of back to back. He made a point of saying he wasn't unhappy with Janssen.

Dr. Doom
01-07-2012, 14:39
If Palmieri and Teddy are in for Janssen and Sestito I will do a backflip.

JimEIV
01-07-2012, 15:50
Can leap frog into 5th place in the conference with a win here tonight.

Clarkson Falls Down
01-07-2012, 15:58
Looks like we're deciding to actually dress hockey players on the 4th line tonight. Didn't know that was allowed.

Dr. Doom
01-07-2012, 15:59
Tom Gulitti @TGfireandice 1m
Tim Sestito and Cam Janssen are the Devils' healthy scratches tonight.

*backflip*

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 16:02
Deb looks like she is on drugs

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 16:03
Jesus, Kovalchuk played 28 minutes last night? That is why they need an effective bottom 6.

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 16:04
Tom Gulitti @TGfireandice 1m
Tim Sestito and Cam Janssen are the Devils' healthy scratches tonight.

*backflip*

:) nice

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 16:12
Kovy going to the net hard. I like it.

Clarkson Falls Down
01-07-2012, 16:14
A chance from the 4th line? No way...

JimEIV
01-07-2012, 16:15
Fucking terrible.

Clarkson Falls Down
01-07-2012, 16:15
Gotta be stopped.

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 16:16
Yuck. Malkin has a nice shot.

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 16:16
the patented Devils own goal

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 16:17
Marty is not good on long range slappers. Especially with a screen; and I attribute it to his small gear.

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 16:17
It hit a Devil in the slot.

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 16:21
It hit a Devil in the slot.

Yeah, but the typical giant padded, take up as much of the net as possible butterfly goalie probably makes the save. It's not a slight against Marty, it's just his style and gear make it harder for him to make those saves.

JimEIV
01-07-2012, 16:22
It hit a Devil in the slot.

Are you sure? It looked clean ?

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 16:23
Are you sure? It looked clean ?

Pens feed showed it hitting a Devils out in top of the slot and changing directions

JimEIV
01-07-2012, 16:28
Devils aren't skating or competing again. Do not like the effort we are seeing.

Clarkson Falls Down
01-07-2012, 16:30
This camera guy sucks.

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 16:32
Pretty bad game so far for both teams with the exception of the Pens top line. Pens D is obviously much better than the Devils D.

Clarkson Falls Down
01-07-2012, 16:32
Jesus, this guy must be drunk. I can't follow the play in either end.

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 16:33
This is a mess, I don't think I've seen them have a good offensive possession in.................

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 16:33
Dumb icing. Get to center ice

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 16:33
TO already...

These games are where I want Stevens on the bench. The intimidation factor alone would make the guys skate harder.

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 16:34
I don't got sound on, what happened there? lol

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 16:36
I don't got sound on, what happened there? lol

Neal batted the puck in with his open hand. No way it will count.

But they got that chance because the 4th line iced the puck inches before getting to the red line.

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 16:37
Neal batted the puck in with his open hand. No way it will count.

But they got that chance because the 4th line iced the puck inches before getting to the red line.

I'm impressed how easily they were beaten off the faceoff

JimEIV
01-07-2012, 16:39
The effort they have put forth in front of Brodeur is starting to look like much more than just a coincidence.

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 16:39
Marty is giving up same fat rebounds and his D is not helping him much.

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 16:40
The effort they have put forth in front of Brodeur is starting to look like much more than just a coincidence.

Nah, they look the same no matter who is in there. They suck. Moose was just ridiculously hot for awhile.

Clarkson Falls Down
01-07-2012, 16:41
Fayne makes a nice defensive play and then ices the puck for no reason...c'mon man

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 16:41
lol.... they do a Marty/MAF comparison about how they have similiar numbers, and then none of the numbers are close

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 16:43
well, that could have been worse

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 16:44
Damn guys just skate. The gliding around and reaching with the sticks is driving me crazy. The Pens didn't play a particularly good period, but dominated because they are actually moving their feet. Frankly, this looks like the last two games to me.

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 16:44
That was disgusting. Luck to be down by 1.

And coaching staff needs to be fired for putting Taormina and Foster out there with the 4th line.

VaxjoDevil
01-07-2012, 16:45
That was one miserable period from both teams.

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 16:46
Yeah Deb I'm sure his parents came all the way from Utica to see Elias in his 1,000 game.

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 16:46
Why is Charles Barkley in a football postgame?

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 16:47
Why is Charles Barkley in a football postgame?

Cross-promotion. Apparently he is hosting SNL tonight.

Clarkson Falls Down
01-07-2012, 16:49
Pretty lifeless.

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 17:03
Pit has to be dominating faceoffs.

Clarkson Falls Down
01-07-2012, 17:03
Icing-a-thon

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 17:05
Steve says Dodeur clears the puck.

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 17:05
This road trip has the potential of killing the season

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 17:05
Got some nice defensive help from a linesman there

Clarkson Falls Down
01-07-2012, 17:10
Good shift, then scary shift, then good shift

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 17:13
WTG Boulton.

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 17:13
There's Boulton's contribution for the night, flying *** checking MAF and killing our momentum after our two best PKers were on the ice

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 17:14
I rather have Michael Boulton out there.

And Chico was trying to sell hard Martin pushing Boulton into him. Martin isn't that strong.

Clarkson Falls Down
01-07-2012, 17:14
Yep, that's why we have him around. Gotta stick up for teammates, right Trots.

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 17:15
F that. If that was Marty NO WAY there is a whistle.

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 17:15
Jesus christ we just got dicked

Clarkson Falls Down
01-07-2012, 17:15
You have to be kidding me.

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 17:16
You have to be kidding me. That's a goal

VaxjoDevil
01-07-2012, 17:16
That is a goal, must fucking be.

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 17:17
It counts!

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 17:17
Henrique within 4 of RNH.

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 17:17
alright, we got undicked. SHG for Zach. that was a Koharski quality whistle there

VaxjoDevil
01-07-2012, 17:17
How I love Henrique.

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 17:17
or a McGough even

Clarkson Falls Down
01-07-2012, 17:17
Must be groundhog day, the Devils getting a call reversed against the Pens.

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 17:18
that was Henrique's? lol, stupid crappy feed

VaxjoDevil
01-07-2012, 17:18
Haha, almost two shorties.

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 17:19
Haha, almost two shorties.

Actually almost 3.

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 17:19
Kovy nearly got 2 shorties that shift.

VaxjoDevil
01-07-2012, 17:19
that was Henrique's? lol, stupid crappy feed

Yeah, the great thing is how he followed up the shot and slammed it in. Henriquesque.

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 17:21
this is starting to devolve into something we can do damage in

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 17:24
ROTFL, this crew is inept.

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 17:24
He didn't get the puck. That should be a trip.

Then again I don't want to see our PP.

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 17:25
Kovy!

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 17:25
Well, Marty kept them in it and they actually got him a lead.

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 17:26
Henrique within 2 points of RNH.

Clarkson Falls Down
01-07-2012, 17:26
Beauty of a shot.

Tao Jones
01-07-2012, 17:27
Kovalchuk ties Rick Martin for career goals and ties Miroslav Satan for career points.

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 17:27
Boulton needs to be nailed to the bench this game. A fight is a bad idea at this point and he is a liability defensively.

Clarkson Falls Down
01-07-2012, 17:28
Tedenby's had such a good game tonight that I think he's deserved to be scratched the next 3 games!

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 17:29
I don't understand at all why the Pens let this game open up. :laugh:

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 17:29
Tedenby's had such a good game tonight that I think he's deserved to be scratched the next 3 games!

#PeteDeboerlogic

Vinnie
01-07-2012, 17:31
lol Martin.




(still wish we had him)

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 17:32
Time for a break. Some crappy D play there

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 17:34
that's a new one. forget about the guy who blew up/is hurt, turn it over, watch it go right back to him with no one around

Clarkson Falls Down
01-07-2012, 17:35
Both of these first lines have been at their best.

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 17:35
Steve: "Played down row!"

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 17:36
I don't even know how to describe this! :laugh:

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 17:37
I don't even know how to describe this! :laugh:

Street hockey.

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 17:39
Good time to get to the lockeroom. That devolved a little too much

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 17:39
They should start Moose more.

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 17:41
Street hockey.

I lost it when Kovy was cherrypicking and he shot a one-timer. "What the **** is this?" lol. It looked like a video game with offsides turned off

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 17:41
Look they are going to give up the lead in the third this game. I hope it happens early so they can recover.

Tao Jones
01-07-2012, 17:42
Sherry Ross reports that DeBoer was very impressed with Zalewski last night and even more impressed after he watched the tape, especially in slow motion.

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 17:49
lol, the Pens feed is a no commerical feed, Steggy is actually pretty funny off the air

Tao Jones
01-07-2012, 17:54
Team FO 36%

Zalewski 4 for 11, 1 SOG, 1 blocked shot, 2 hits
Elias 3 for 11
Henrique 5 for 10, 4 SOG

Park 6 for 6
Malkin 11 for 15

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 17:57
Uh oh. PP

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 17:58
IT WORKED! and before we got scored on, too

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 17:59
Wow where the hell did that passing come from?

Vinnie
01-07-2012, 17:59
Beautiful passing!

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 17:59
Zuuuuuuuubie!

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 17:59
I think I should stop watching this and stay in a good mood

Tao Jones
01-07-2012, 18:01
Elias ties Ivan Boldriev for career assists.

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 18:02
I think I should stop watching this and stay in a good mood

Probably a good idea :laugh:

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 18:05
much needed stoppage. youch.

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 18:07
It's funny though how the bounces and breaks change perception. This is even more clusterfucky and insane than Mac's gameplan

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 18:08
Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk may be one of the best lines in the league. But after that the Elias line would be a top 3rd line, and the bottom 6 might challenge in as a decent AHL lines.

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 18:10
It's funny though how the bounces and breaks change perception. This is even more clusterfucky and insane than Mac's gameplan

I wouldn't say that. There is a system there, it's just terrible execution and poor effort. Also, the Pens aren't doing any better and sometimes that makes it hard to execute a system; when the other team is a mess.

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 18:11
I wouldn't say that. There is a system there, it's just terrible execution and poor effort. Also, the Pens aren't doing any better and sometimes that makes it hard to execute a system; when the other team is a mess.

They're working their asses off in the last 30 minutes. I really don't think they have a plan, they look like they're playing river hockey, and it's what they're the best at doing. They so remind me of the early Boudreau Caps.

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 18:14
Foster nearly had the perfect deflection to beat Marty.

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 18:17
Why is the 4th line getting a shift after a commercial? That is multiple times they have done that

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 18:18
Tallinder does that way too much.

Vinnie
01-07-2012, 18:19
Bad call.

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 18:19
He isn't in the zone. Terrible call.

devilzrule27
01-07-2012, 18:19
pfft wasnt even in the zone

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 18:20
Why is the 4th line getting a shift after a commercial? That is multiple times they have done that

It actually was a nice bit of coaching by DeBoer to get the matchup he wanted IMO. He put the 4th line out, so of course the Pens put out Malkin. Since the FO was deep in the zone, as soon as the puck was dropped they changed to the Elias line.

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 18:20
That is dumb. Just call nothing there

devilzrule27
01-07-2012, 18:27
Boulton, why you play well last couple of shifts?

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 18:31
Huge Win! Means the western trip probably won't kill them at least.

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 18:34
Another ugly win, but 2 points is 2 points.

jkrdevil
01-07-2012, 18:35
3 Stars:

1-Kovalchuk
2-Marty
3-Malkin

Guess the Russian media picked the stars tonight.

JimEIV
01-07-2012, 18:36
5th place in the conference. 23 wins in the first half....

I'll take it.

daveskirtun
01-07-2012, 18:37
I think I should post here. It's too unsafe to be drunk with mod powers.

JimEIV
01-07-2012, 18:38
47 saves in a regulation win and you're not first Star?

JimEIV
01-07-2012, 18:38
Mods suck ****.

guyincognito
01-07-2012, 18:38
Yeah, Marty should definitely retire, he's costing the team points. If I didn't have to go to work I'd rip that thread a new *******.

JimEIV
01-07-2012, 18:40
This team needs to get healthy quickly.

daveskirtun
01-07-2012, 18:40
Mods suck ****.

For what it's worth, I could have infracted you the other day, but I said 'Jim's a good man' and I ignored it.

JimEIV
01-07-2012, 18:41
For what it's worth, I could have infracted you the other day, but I said 'Jim's a good man' and I ignored it.

For what?

daveskirtun
01-07-2012, 18:44
For what?

Calling everyone morons. You're better then that, c'mon now.

Tao Jones
01-07-2012, 18:48
Larsson TOI and hits (tied with Zalewski with 3) leader, 23:41
Foster lowest D TOI 12:46, 2 blocked shots

VaxjoDevil
01-07-2012, 19:01
Havent read the thread, but Marty was fantastic, and OH! We had a non-retarded fourth line and that was better than having a retarded one. Color me shocked.

VaxjoDevil
01-07-2012, 19:03
And lol at Deb for thinking that Henrico was serious calling the second goal a set play.

JimEIV
01-07-2012, 19:06
Zajac, Volchenkov, Greene and Josefson would be nice additions to this line up.....

We haven't seen a 100% healthy team for the past two seasons. I would really like to see what this team is when healthy.

selyar
01-07-2012, 19:11
Zajac, Volchenkov, Greene and Josefson would be nice additions to this line up.....

We haven't seen a 100% healthy team for the past two seasons. I would really like to see what this team is when healthy.

me too dude. me too.

TheUnseenHand
01-07-2012, 19:18
Parise-Henrique-Kovy
Zubrus-Elias-Sykora
Tedenby-Zajac-Clarkson
Carter-Josefson-Zharkov/Palmieri/Boulton

Lots of interchangeable parts there too. Guys that could move up or down a line.

VaxjoDevil
01-07-2012, 19:23
I thought Sykora had a not so good game tonight.

daveskirtun
01-07-2012, 19:24
I thought Sykora had a not so good game tonight.

I didn't even notice Sykora. Which is saying a lot for me.

doc e
01-07-2012, 19:56
Just got home from work.

Jeez...that Henrique goal was really close. Could've gone either way, but Fleury didn't have the puck covered at all.

vonbonds
01-07-2012, 20:12
Another win, I am happy, nothing more to say.

Clarkson Falls Down
01-07-2012, 22:25
Really nice win. Hopefully the lynch mob takes a step back after Marty had a really nice game after a questionable first goal. Aside from the Boston game, which he couldn't help, he's been really strong. Nice is too conservative of a word. Marty had a great game. Vintage.

Good job holding the lead, and good job on the special teams. Can't take any road games for granted, especially out West, but 3 really winnable games coming up.

Devilsfanatic
01-08-2012, 06:18
Awesome game, I guess. I'll take the dub! We're not 27 points out of the PO's

JimEIV
01-08-2012, 07:27
I like to think of it this way:

The Rangers are currently having the best season they've had in nearly 20 years and they only have 3 more wins than the Devils. :thumbup:

VaxjoDevil
01-08-2012, 08:12
Kovy's change in play, which kind of started at the same time as this board, has been so important. Seems like he "got it" somehow by playing with Parise. Huge point for DeBoer, after all.

Clarkson Falls Down
01-08-2012, 09:33
Kovy's change in play, which kind of started at the same time as this board, has been so important. Seems like he "got it" somehow by playing with Parise. Huge point for DeBoer, after all.

Yep, that's a huge plus in DeBoer's book. He has his faults, but that is one of his real successes.

Devilsfanatic
01-08-2012, 09:53
Kovy's change in play, which kind of started at the same time as this board, has been so important. Seems like he "got it" somehow by playing with Parise. Huge point for DeBoer, after all.

Remember, after meeting me.

Classic Devil
01-08-2012, 10:12
Yep, that's a huge plus in DeBoer's book. He has his faults, but that is one of his real successes.

I'm withholding judgment on DeBoer until next season. I expect him to be around a while, and as far as I'm concerned the key is going to be his ability to grow as a coach and adapt to his team. Right now we're seeing the high-pressure offense that fits very well with the games that Zach Parise, Adam Henrique, Dainius Zubrus, and Petr Sykora play. Ilya Kovalchuk didn't fit it exactly at first, but he's adapted his game to it and he's become more effective as a consequence - and, most importantly in the long run, perhaps - his newer game is going to be much more effective in the playoffs.

The big team weaknesses: the defense and the powerplay, can both be attributed to absence of personnel as much as to poor coaching. As good as the forwards on the PP are, we still lack the PPQB, which isn't a necessity for a good PP, but it's a good start. I'd like to see some steady improvement in the PP as the year goes on, that will be a good sign.

The defense, though, I think is much more of a personnel problem. The problem is our forwards are suited to one kind of game, and the defense is suited for another, and we're playing to the strength of the forwards as opposed to the weakness of the defense. In the short-run that probably hurts us; in the long-run, it probably helps us, if we can find a way to improve our personnel.

Clarkson Falls Down
01-08-2012, 10:41
I'm withholding judgment on DeBoer until next season. I expect him to be around a while, and as far as I'm concerned the key is going to be his ability to grow as a coach and adapt to his team. Right now we're seeing the high-pressure offense that fits very well with the games that Zach Parise, Adam Henrique, Dainius Zubrus, and Petr Sykora play. Ilya Kovalchuk didn't fit it exactly at first, but he's adapted his game to it and he's become more effective as a consequence - and, most importantly in the long run, perhaps - his newer game is going to be much more effective in the playoffs.

The big team weaknesses: the defense and the powerplay, can both be attributed to absence of personnel as much as to poor coaching. As good as the forwards on the PP are, we still lack the PPQB, which isn't a necessity for a good PP, but it's a good start. I'd like to see some steady improvement in the PP as the year goes on, that will be a good sign.

The defense, though, I think is much more of a personnel problem. The problem is our forwards are suited to one kind of game, and the defense is suited for another, and we're playing to the strength of the forwards as opposed to the weakness of the defense. In the short-run that probably hurts us; in the long-run, it probably helps us, if we can find a way to improve our personnel.

Overall, I'm willing to be patient with the defense. I think that you always look into acquiring the Suter-type players, but I think with the young defensemen that we have already on the team, and in the pipeline, I think that the future is bright there. I do not think that we have a PPQB type on the roster right now, although I would like to see Tao get his long overdue shot to QB the PP.

But in terms of strong, 2 way defensemen, I think that we're going to be very strong in that department eventually. Larsson's going to be a big time top pairing D, and I see Fayne developing into a Paul Martin-type for the 2nd pair. But you also expect that DeBoer will also need to get better D from the forwards as well. That's been missing almost as much as what we've seen from the defensemen.

VaxjoDevil
01-08-2012, 10:54
I'm withholding judgment on DeBoer until next season. I expect him to be around a while, and as far as I'm concerned the key is going to be his ability to grow as a coach and adapt to his team. Right now we're seeing the high-pressure offense that fits very well with the games that Zach Parise, Adam Henrique, Dainius Zubrus, and Petr Sykora play. Ilya Kovalchuk didn't fit it exactly at first, but he's adapted his game to it and he's become more effective as a consequence - and, most importantly in the long run, perhaps - his newer game is going to be much more effective in the playoffs.

The big team weaknesses: the defense and the powerplay, can both be attributed to absence of personnel as much as to poor coaching. As good as the forwards on the PP are, we still lack the PPQB, which isn't a necessity for a good PP, but it's a good start. I'd like to see some steady improvement in the PP as the year goes on, that will be a good sign.

The defense, though, I think is much more of a personnel problem. The problem is our forwards are suited to one kind of game, and the defense is suited for another, and we're playing to the strength of the forwards as opposed to the weakness of the defense. In the short-run that probably hurts us; in the long-run, it probably helps us, if we can find a way to improve our personnel.

Great post. It could be that we are closer to solving personnel problem on D than we imagine. I could think one single acquisition of a real top pairing defenseman, together with time: let Tallinder be one of the second D-pairing, let Larsson develop into a real first D, and our top four would be pretty good, with Fayne developing nicely into a high level second pairing D.

Where our highest paid D, Volchenkov, is fitting in all this I honestly have no clue.

Classic Devil
01-08-2012, 11:06
Great post. It could be that we are closer to solving personnel problem on D than we imagine. I could think one single acquisition of a real top pairing defenseman, together with time: let Tallinder be one of the second D-pairing, let Larsson develop into a real first D, and our top four would be pretty good, with Fayne developing nicely into a high level second pairing D.

Where our highest paid D, Volchenkov, is fitting in all this I honestly have no clue.

You never want to have a defense that is absent the Volchenkov-type. I know everyone's seen my ideal distribution of defensemen before: 3 mobile, two-way guys, 1 powerplay quarterback, 1 shutdown defenseman (any variety, preferably physical), 1 punishing shutdown defenseman (someone who can throw the huge checks). Volchenkov fits one of the last two spots. His paycheck doesn't bother me, nor does any disparity between his paycheck and his minutes, so long as he is doing exactly what he was brought in to do. It's when players you pay to do something specific aren't able to do that something that the team gets into trouble.

In truth, I've got confidence in the future personnel of the defense. I think there are enough young prospects (Gelinas, Burlon, Merrill, etc. on top of Larsson and Fayne) that we'll be able to fill the 3 mobile spots without difficulty. Then we'll probably have extras we can pawn off to fill other holes.