On another level, I think defenseman are also much harder to judge on TV than in person. It's unfair to shutout a whole swatch of opinions just because he can't be at the games, but I do think that's the case.
When I see Tallinder play, I normally think he does a very good job at controlling play. He makes plays that sustain Devils control of the puck and prevents the other team from keeping the puck. Lots of those plays aren't flashy and aren't that noticeable but I think the second/third tier stats do a good job reflecting his strength in those areas. His play/positioning away from the puck is good as well.
There is truth here -- except you DO see it on TV, you just have to work at it.
Thing that has ALWAYS bugged me about Tallinder - he's not as on top of the play as your post suggests. He is almost there or just about makes the right play - it's barely enough and for me not enough to really enable the team - it's stops the other guys forward momentum for a bit but it doesn't just end it right there and return power to the Devils. He just about makes the right move. If anyone is familiar with my rants I think I'd actually be saying this sort of play we're seeing now may be the best thing for him because he's failing more often now and not just squeaking by. He's exposed and there is no escaping his short comings. I say that's good only because I always think it can be fixed. Maybe it can't be - but I just never think like that - probably to my detriment.
I think it's mental. I have always thought it mental. He's an odd mix of happy and grumpy. He's a happy negative guy maybe? Or ...I dont know. It's clear he's hardest on himself and I think he shoudl know he's never fooled anyone or gotten away with anything. He's just that good that he can stay in the lineup. (or had been) I was SOOOO hoping this wouldn't happen when I was "in love with tallinder" earlier this season, as some dope who read I think the only 2 posts I've ever made that might be interpreted as positive about the poor guy. You know -- I dont understand it - I dont understand what he's thinking about himself and his skills. When he almost had it on his own, no one really knew he might be about to fire on all cylinders, you know, he choked - and got his sensitive ass benched and -- well now look at him.
It's bad that I think of guys as projects - it puts too much on their shoulders. I just dont know what Tallider can handle in terms of accepting responsibility for his own break-through. It's never too late for a break-through-- just harder to sustain when you're in your dotage (coughSalcough cough)
So do you all NOT know what I'm saying here? I know what I write is pretty obvious. I mean Lou, DeBoer, Chico - all their comments Marty Elias -- they all know what I mean and emphasize it appropriately but you guys never consider this area of hockey - it's like it's talking dirty for you guys. Why is that? Why do you need clean unemotional corsis? I don't mind stats I like them because it is a way to articulate state of mind as action.... I mean guys -- I'm right about this stuff - like ALL the time - I mean I predict a guys future career on the board if there is a danger he's going to leave the team. I can tell you why a talented guy is just NOT going to work here. When I know, I KNOW. and I know the team knows too - so why do you guys not discuss that stuff ever? But what I'm asking is do you all really not see what I'm saying in my posts you say you can't follow?
Also -- if anyone cares... is it bad juju to say? I know my readers kind of aren't here now... but should I NOT write this stuff? you know I'm talking to you and all... so -- I guess it doesn't matter Too many people around me really hate the Devils now so I have no one to discuss with IRL these days.
Edited by Pepperkorn, 22 February 2013 - 10:11 AM.