Jan. 9, 2017
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Knuckl3s</b></div><div>I agree, Girard's value is still fairly high, but he's small in stature, and bigger body defenseman seem to be the rage of today's defense market. I mean, after he got flatlined by Barbashev in the 2nd round, I have to believe at least some team's are looking at that. Not to mention, there were rumors that Avs management were frustrated he got pushed around in the Vegas series two post-seasons ago</div></div>
And if that's what GMs want to value then that's fine, but Girard's possession metrics are better than loads of bigger body guys. Just compare his stats with a guy like Seth Jones, it's absurd. Outside of size, they're extremely similar players and you can have Girard for $4m less. As for the Barbashev hit, it was no doubt unfortunate, but I don't think you can fault him for that.