Flyers issue with defense is they get pinned in there own end. Adding MDZ who has mobility, and a quick outlet pass on that horrible defense, is already an addition no matter what. It's one year as well. Nashville and NYR had deep defense's, Philly doesn't, he's young and he can gain his confidence back. Not a bad deal at all.
MDZ has been a negative possession player nearly his whole career. By definition that means he spends more time in his own end than he does playing offense. NY and Nashville having deep defenses only means that he should have looked better on those teams because they could shelter him with soft minutes. In Philly, he'll be more exposed if he's forced to play more and/or tougher minutes.
I agree that the contract is good because if by some chance he does have a good year, then it's a great deal. If he plays like he did last year, then oh well, it's only a $1.3M deal and maybe they can offload him on another team that thinks they can teach him to play defense. I just really don't think that Philly is going to be the team that can teach him to play proper defense or give him the right d partner to help cover his mistakes.
Edited by ATLL765, 06 August 2014 - 10:56 PM.