You say zidlicky is the best at gaining the zone when for the past two weeks I've been seeing just the opposite, especially on the pp. The only pp goal we had recently other than gelinas' last night was with Greene leading the rush and scoring. Other than that it's looked pretty anemic.
Also Corsi can be used to evaluate individual players when you use it to compare to the rest of the team, and zidlicky compares poorly. In addition, I would say volchenkov's skill set is more unique to the team than zidlicky's at this point.
I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on this... In the end both volchenkov and zidlicky will probably play over fayne and Merrill anyway. And I don't necessarily disagree dressing 7 d and just scratching janssen but that also will never happen.
I love Greene and Merrill, but no way have have they been better than Zidlicky on the powerplay.
the numbers say otherwise. The only other defenseman who has played significant time on the pp with a worse Corsi than zidlicky is Harrold.
The point is zidlicky has essentially become a power play specialist, and he's not even very good at it. His numbers 5v5 are close to terrible, and I cringe if I see him on the pk. We now have other guys who have shown they can contribute offensively from the blue line.
I know that as long as zidlicky is on the roster and healthy he will play, I'm just saying that's unfortunate.
What in the world is Thornton doing? So now we have a player leaving the game on a stretcher because of the ridiculous notion of frontier justice that goes around in the league.
I know the history from last years playoffs, and this game was down and dirty with four guys leaving the game due to injury. But seriously why does Orpik, a guy who doesnt really fight have to answer the bell to Thornton, the B's enforcer? Its a pretty big mismatch, and what does it solve? Makes Thornton feel better? Is any sort of justice being served? Lets see how he feels when what should be a 10+ game suspension is handed out.
it's even more ridiculous when you consider orpik's hit on Eriksson was completely clean. Thornton just had it in his head it wasn't and decided to take things into his own hands.
If orpik is out for an extended period I wouldn't be surprised if it's a 20+ game suspension.
Zidlicky has been one of our best defensemen this year. Fayne has been good too. The only guy who should be coming out for Volchenkov is Merrill. One of Salvador or Volchenkov have to be traded imo. And I like both of them. I would also trade Fayne if the the return is good enough.
lol I could not disagree more. Greene Larsson fayne and obviously gelinas and Merrill all have been better than zid. I would say zidlicky and volchenkov are equally our weakest defensmen, but volchenkov is solid on the pk which is more valuable than what zidlicky brings.
Zidlicky has essentially become a pp specialist, and he is now our 4th best pp defenseman behind Greene gelinas and Merrill.