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New Defensive Pairings Needed!

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I agree:

Weber-Suter

Kronwall-Letang

Hamhuis-Tanev

This defense has chemistry, a good mix of hands, and a solid mix of offense and defense.

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So it's been 5 games into the season and just about all of our defencemen are struggling. I would give them another few weeks of playing together but we really don't have that sort of luxury in a shortened season, so why not try a few new defensive pairings?

Edler - Hamhuis

Hamhuis is still playing good defence, Edler and Garrison both are not. Edler needs a safety net behind him in case he's caught out of position (which is often) and Hamhuis is far better at that than Garrison. Plus, Edler is far more physical and able to look after himself and Hamhuis - he doesn't need Garrison to watch his back. This way we also have 1 designated shooter as opposed to having Edler and Garrison fighting over a shot and both getting caught out of position when up the ice.

Garrison - Ballard

Ballard has played well so far and deserves better quality ice time. He and Garrison have had proven chemistry together in Florida already and their games complement each other PERFECTLY. Garrison is a big, physical guy who sits back whereas Ballard is a smaller, free-wheeling, great-skating defenceman.

Bieksa - Tanev

Bieksa has been brutal for us lately defensively, so hopefully our best defenceman in Tanev (yes that's right) can have a bit of a calming influence on him, similar to the way Salo did on Edler. Bieksa will be the designated offensive defenceman here, Tanev the guy who sits back to cover him, but ideally Bieksa will make less mistakes when paired with Tanev.

Thoughts? You could swap Tanev and Hamhuis for the same effect.

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Except as I pointed out Bieksa lacks the size imo to play top line. The bodies are getting bigger and bigger. KB looks like a midget out there trying to move some of these big guys.

I have never doubted his heart or his desire....................................... In fact as I said if it had been up to me we would NOT have signed Garrison. He's big but he has no devilment, push back threat about him. I don't see MG admit he made a mistake and move Garrison on that is why I say it needs to be KB3 or 4.

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Tanev is really struggling, Ballard is covering up for some of it but I think we need Alberts in there at least once in a while. And get Edler back on his proper side!

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Are you sure you are watching the Canucks? Maybe you are just watching a different team named the Canucks lol!

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I agree:

Weber-Suter

Kronwall-Letang

Hamhuis-Tanev

This defense has chemistry, a good mix of hands, and a solid mix of offense and defense.

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Well, we already have Edler playing on his off side this year (something he hasn't done very well in the past), so you want to keep him on his off side, but with Hamhuis, and then move Ballard to his off side as well (another guy who did quite poorly at that) to play with Garrison? And then have our only two right handed shots on the same pairing together? No thanks.

If - and I mean if - forced to change up the D, I'd consider this:

Garrison Bieksa

Hamhuis Tanev

Ballard Edler

I'd utilize Ballard and Edler in prime situations and be careful with them otherwise (unless they are having an 'on' game). Hamhuis and Tanev get more defensive minutes but are used in all situations, and Garrison and Bieksa play both ends of the ice as well.

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Hamhuis - Tanev (Has worked really well in the past)

Ballard - Garrison

Edler - Bieksa (This one seems a little skeetch

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