Salvador made one really glaring bad play and so it's time to kill him
Look at his whole body of work the past few weeks and he should absolutely be given a short leash by DeBoer, and by us the fans. There are times where he seems like he's just out there to sabotage our game, sabotage our lead, it's extremely troubling. The mistakes he makes are never "grey area", like a Zidlicky/Gelinas overplaying their offensive hand and being out of position defensively, it's never like that. He makes some of the most boneheaded plays of any of our players on the roster, I can't imagine Schneider being comfortable at all when Salvador is on the ice. Schneider or Brodeur will give off the occasional rebound and Salvador totally misses his chance to clear it, looks like he's sweeping the ice in a curling match, he's so lost out there; or worse yet, he'll be behind the forward on the play and, at best, pushes him toward goaltender (and toward the puck, for a tap-in second chance). It's happened so many times.
Don't forget Salvador's absolute uselessness on what probably should've counted as a goal by Toronto (but was waived). There was also a glaring error in the 3rd period of either Saturday's or Thursday's game where he had about 5 seconds of time and space and ends up coughing the puck for a quick 2-on-1 that Volchenkov and Schneider had to clean up. We shout bloody murder (or "bust!") when Larsson makes a similar or lesser error. Salvador's a huge liability and I'm sick of him "leading" this team.
Fine, forget me responding to specific examples you cited, I'll give you specifics though- I would argue that the Salvador-volchenkov pairing is one of the best 3rd pairings in the league. I don't have time to go team by team but just in the metro division I would take them over:
Yeah but none of these guys are captains of their respective teams and I'd guess they're not given the responsibility of 22+ minutes and put out during many of the clutch moments in the game. Our "3rd pairing" is given that trust and that responsibility and I, like many others, am questioning why.
It also should be pointed out are that the older guys are there to help rookies both on and off the ice. You need older players to show these kids the way the league works and how to conduct themselves as professional athletes. Leadership is about so much more than being the best player on a team.
Yeah but your captain shouldn't be close to being one of the worst players on the team either.
Edited by DJ Eco, 13 January 2014 - 01:18 PM.