In Lou We Trust had a great piece today about how awesome Salvador has been defensively. He's definitely pulling his weight and making his team better when he's on the ice.
Good thing I wasn't too lazy to click on the link this time, although I sensed something was awry.
In any event, I wasn't trying to say that Salvador is the bees knees. It's just that getting rid of him won't change the team's fortunes all that much, and certainly not for the remainder of this year, unless the return is an absolute fleecing.
And as I read the ILWT article, it just says that he's the worse defenseman on the team. Even if it's true (for example, let's assume that the shot attempts against on the ice while he's on the ice is purely a product of his stinkiness), the Devils are the best, or among the best, in the league in shots against. So unless there's something that says that replacing Salvador with Larsson, Gelinas or Harrold would reduce the shots against significantly, then his poor play relative to everyone else on the team is neither here nor there. I kind of doubt that anyone could reliably make that prediction, since it's very hard to get much better at shot prevention than the Devils are now, especially when you factor in who a realistic replacement would be.
I suppose you could squeeze out a little more offense with Larsson or Gelinas. And even if you assume that Larsson isn't a sure bet to have two bad defensive zone turnovers every game, the Devils defense is not all of the sudden going to turn into something that is historically good, which is kind of what a team that can't score at all will need to have any kind of success.
I get it, where the Devils are at right now, they need to squeeze everything out of their roster as they possibly can. But if that's the state of the team, the problems go way way beyond Salvador.
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