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While the offensive-minded Edler does what? There is a reason why, like me, many people think that is what Edler should be doing.. Because that is what an offensive-minded defenceman does. Skates the puck up, makes plays, pinches to keep the puck in the offensive zone and has a big shot. PROVIDES OFFENSE from the back end.

Exactly, Edler isn't an offensive D-man. That's were you guys are wrong. He's a solid, physical, 2-way d-man that does best partnered with an ACTUAL offensive D-man (Ehrhoff here, Karlsson on team Sweden). He plays best sitting back more and letting offense driven by his partner come to him.

Tanev utterly lacks offense, hence why offense from our D is WAY down this season despite their otherwise solid play. There's literally nothing for Edler to feed off. It's also the reason our PP is hit or miss.

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If history is anything to go by, the Tanev camp is going to want to cash in as much as possible.

Tanev at $3.5 is a good deal

Tanev at $4.0-4.5 is a full market value deal

Tanev at over $4.5 is a terrible deal and I would trade him if that is what the asking price is.

He will always be a complementary player. He isn't physical enough to play a real shut down role and/or scare the opposing forwards when they come into your zone, he isn't offensively gifted to be a point producer.

What he can do is eat up minutes safely and play good solid defensive hockey. That is a good thing and every team needs someone like that, but not where you want to invest your big dollars. Hamhuis plays that kind of game too.

If you have a physical beast who gets out of position to lay monster hits.. then Tanev is a good partner for him.

If you have a pure offensive defenceman who can get caught up ice with that style... then Tanev is a good partner for him.

If you have a defence full of Tanevs and not the physical or offensive role players... then that isn't a good thing in my opinion

In my mind you lay out the big cap hit dollars for the best specialist role playing defencemen, and get good value lower end guys as complementary. Mike Weaver has made a solid career of being the same style of a decent defensive non-physical guy as Tanev does... he makes well under $2 million. Gorges plays the same style, and he makes under $4 million. I would peg Tanev somewhere between those two guys in terms of skill level while playing the same type of hockey.

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That "idiot" has been our best defenseman this year and a darn good one for most seasons not dated 13/14.

Tanev doesn't get many offensive chances because he's not a very good offensive player. Plain and simple.

In fact Edler (and the team) would be far better off if he had a more offense minded partner to play with and Tanev could play in a more appropriate 2nd pairing role more suited to his strengths. Excellent coaching adjustments this year has made them a decent pairing but make no mistake, it is Tanev who is actually holding Edler back, not the other way around, contrary to popular belief around here. Proof is in our dismal offensive numbers from our back end.

Unfortunately we have no better option at this time for an offensive partner for Edler.

Tanev is holding Edler back how? Tanev has amazing possession numbers, not to mention the fact when Edler wasn't playing with Tanev he was scoring on himself and leading the league with a pretty massive minus 37. Although I'd bet your argument is "minus is a bad stat cause he could've came off the bench and got scored on....37+ times".
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Tanev is holding Edler back how? Tanev has amazing possession numbers, not to mention the fact when Edler wasn't playing with Tanev he was scoring on himself and leading the league with a pretty massive minus 37. Although I'd bet your argument is "minus is a bad stat cause he could've came off the bench and got scored on....37+ times".

No, my argument is that was one season under a bad coach where most of the rest of the team was also awful.

Tanev's holding back Edler by having almost zero offensive ability. Edler plays best as the physical guy who picks his spots with a more offensively gifted partner and feeds off the offense that partner creates. Tanev creates almost nothing. Hence why our points from our D are practically nonexistent and why our PP has been middling (and has been so since we lost an offensive partner for Edler to play with).

Coaching has got Edler playing within himself this season. He's not forcing offensive plays as he did when Ehrhoff/Salo left and he was (wrongly) anointed "the offensive guy". That and playing with a good defensive player in Tanev has meant that pairing has played well defensively for the most part. But our offense from the back end is suffering because we haven't got an offensive partner for him to play with.

Basically, we're not getting as much out of Edler as we could with a more appropriate partner.

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