I meant to say the year before with Lidstrom. There's a reason Edler get's top unit time rather than Bieksa. It's because he reads the plays better and has good chemistry with the Sedins. Bieksa has to rely on pinching a lot and getting secondary assists even strength while Hamhuis is covering his ass 24/7. Bieksa is very reliant on Hamhuis while Edler has shown he can still play well when paired with the likes of Gragnani, Sulzer, Alberts, and Ballard. While Bieksa may be more consistent physically Edler is the harder hitter.
Well first of all Lidstrom was a +21 and has been anywhere fromm +21 to +40 most of his career and is 10 times better then Edler this is a stupid point bringing Lidstrom into this lol
Bieksa is about the same risk defensively as Edler and is quite equal as far as that goes but 5 on 5 Bieksa had more points and given the pp time Edler gets i think would Bieksa would be better.
Bieksa is far more physical and far more important to the team do to his leadership qualities .
If you think that Edler was only bad defensively the last part of the season and playoffs you better stop smoking the dope he has pretty much been horrible since he joined the team years ago.
And I was saying this past year was probably his best defensive season to date if he didn't fall off during the last month of the season. You're nuts if you think he was a such a liability all of these years and Connauton, an unproven rookie is better? I didn't know such horrible defensive players got 23/24 minutes a game?