@VanCanucks: D: 2-3. 23-8. 4-5. 41-18. #Canucks
@sportsnetmurph: #canucks new D-pairs: hamhuis-Bieksa / Edler-Tanev, Garrison-Ballard.
wow, I was about to propose that very set-up, but decided not to create a new thread. But since this is actual news, I'm glad to hear it!
Hamhuis - Bieksa are reunited. Hopefully, this also comes with some direction from the coaches (SHUT IT DOWN!)
Edler - Tanev is something I had in the back of my mind. Tanev can be the outlet passer this team needs, and it's about time it is recognized. Tanev certainly deserved a promotion with his play (if that is in fact what it is). The even bigger pro here: EDLER ON THE RIGHT SIDE! WOOHOO!!!
Garrison - Ballard is the two lefties line, and it makes sense that it's the 3rd pairing. Hopefully Ballard's skilled aspects bode well with Garrison. Ballard is a good passer, and plays physical. And Garrison should be on the third pairing while he "adjusts".
Forgot about the cons lol:
Ballard - Tanev separated... not a big deal; they were our 3rd pairing.
3rd pairing makes 8.8 mil.
Ballard not getting recognized for his good play. If that pairing sinks, my money is on Ballard getting benched before Garrison does, even if Garrison is the weak link. I REALLY hope this pair succeeds, for the sake of both of these players.
All in all: I'm happy Tanev is with Edler, because aside from the shot, Tanev is the closest thing this current team has to what Salo's style of defence is. Tanev plays a good, calm, positional defence game. Edler is used to this, and should be able to pick up his game as a result.
The risk here is Tanev might not be able to make up for all of Edler's gaffs.
I honestly think AV should bag skate the defensemen. Single them out.
Edited by Joe_Shmo, 20 February 2013 - 01:29 PM.