I must have been watching different games than most of you people.
I don't know what Pahlsson did to make everyone dislike him so much, but I thought he was a great player. Underrated passer, great on the boards both offensively and defensively, can handle other top centers, not "soft" whatsoever and a smart player in general.
But I guess it's hard for people to notice the pros and cons of a player if it doesn't appear on the stat sheet or in the frame of a goal for / against.
I was forced to make this thread after seeing this ignorant comment:
Let's break down the playoff goals against, shall we?
Game 1, Goal Against #1 - Richards:
5-on-3 goal where Richards just fools Luongo 5-hole.
Game 1, Goal Against #2 - Mitchell:
Edler let's the guy stand in front and screen Luongo and the shot gets through.
Game 1, Goal Against #3 - Penner:
Edler gives it away and Bieksa rushes Richards near the blue-line (only God knows why).
Game 1, Goal Against #4 - Brown:
Burrows loses the puck off the draw, empty net.
Game 2, Goal Against #1 - Brown:
Edler drop pass give away, Booth flies by, Raymond tries to take off Kopitar's head instead of taking the puck (only God knows why).
Game 2, Goal Against #2 - Brown:
Hamhuis misses the puck at the offensive blue-line on the PP.
Game 2, Goal Against #3 - Stoll:
Game 2, Goal Against #4 - Lewis:
Malhotra gives it away and then Ballard, Malhotra, Bieksa and Luongo all fall over each other.
*Hansen and Pahlsson both score
Game 3, Goal Against #1 - Brown:
Pahlsson hits down Brown then skates into center position but Edler decides he'd rather stand still than look around for the open guy.
Game 4, Goal Against #1 - Kopitar:
Just going to copy/paste the last part of Game 2, GA #1: "Raymond tries to take off Kopitar's head instead of taking the puck (only God knows why)."
Game 5, Goal Against #1 - Richardson:
Edler, Booth and Henrik all decide to watch the play in the crease.
Game 5, Goal Against #2 - Stoll:
You can argue that Pahlsson made a bad change, but I don't think anyone expected Hamhuis to try out his Bobby Orr impression at that point.
Don't know how "the Kopitar line made the Pahlsson line their b!tch". I seem to remember the third line generally doing a pretty good job containing that LA 1st line, with the few goals against with our 3rd line on the ice resulting from ridiculously awful plays by our D-men.
Now I'm not suggesting Pahlsson's line was perfect, but obviously you're going to see some chances against: Kopitar and Brown are top players and Williams is solid, as well. Even Lidstrom, Chara, Weber, etc. give up chances and goals against first lines; you can't completely shut down top players all game, every game.
I thought Hansen was one of most consistent players all series and Pahlsson was right there with him. Higgins didn't have a good series, but nobody really wants him gone (and they shouldn't; it was just one bad series). Hansen and Pahlsson both scored (albeit Pahlsson's was more or less meaningless, but a goal is a goal), as well, and that's more than you can say for Kesler, Booth, Raymond and Malhotra, all forwards who make more money... not to mention three of those four had regular power-play time.
Obviously it seems like I'm in the minority here but I'd absolutely love it if the third line came back intact next year. Hansen's cap is 1.35, Higgins' is 1.9, so if Pahlsson would sign for 2 or 2.25, we would have a third line that:
- plays against the other team's best players in both the regular season and the playoffs
- is the hardest working line on the team
- can chip in about ~40 goals
- will grind, hit, check and kill penalties
All for 5.5M on the cap...
Gillis needs to fix the second line and goaltending situation instead of wasting time/resources on things that aren't even close to being broken.