Well how would you feel if you were producing at a high level, and then get demoted? I still completely disagree with sending down Gelinas last year. Not to mention the guy who got to stay (Merrill) wasn't producing as well as Gelinas was.
Offensive production means very little for a defenseman if you are a liability in your own zone. Gelinas needed to be sent down. Merrill was solid and well-rounded.