Why would you use a younger and cheaper D to get a D of similar size and points? Is webers "imposing figure" really worth double the money AND adding in other quality assets in the trade?
Sorry let me ask another question. How many Norris trophies has Edler been nominated for?
Edler is a good defensman, no doubt. His hits on Doughty and Kane are legendary.
He is not going to be a Norris caliber defenseman though. He may throw big hits, but never with any sort of consistency. He may QB the PP, but with no consistency.
I mean if he was consistent in just one facet of his game, I wouldn't be saying these things. He isn't though. Although neither is Bieksa.
Did any of the Kings that stormed the net during the playoffs seem in any way worried that Edler was on the ice ready to clear them from the crease?...................................No.
Edler doesn't make the opposing team pay nearly enough to warrant a number 1 defensive spot. I am a Canucks fan and support the team tirelessly. However when the defensive zone breakdowns become systemic, changes need to happen to ensure we don't go out earlier than the Coyotes next year.
Bottom line: Our defense is nowhere near Stanley Cup finals ready. Yes we couldn't score enough either, but when you can't get the puck out of your own end, that happens. When you dump and chase everytime, that happens (although that falls on someone else's shoulders).
Hell maybe it's Bowness that has to go. Maybe if we had a better defensive coach who reminded the blueliners how to take the man, we might be better off.
Edited by Canuck-a-nuck, 26 June 2012 - 10:39 AM.