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Nov 1, 2016
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Wqrrior</b></div><div>Most of why I'm disliked by the MTL fanbase is because I have resistance to the fans and media assessments of Romanov and Caufield. Those players are difficult to criticize without being jumped on. It's difficult to elaborate on the forum setting why I feel the way I do about them, I've gone in greater detail on discord, but my comments here make it seem as if I hate the players, when that's untrue.
Still, I think some of the hype entering the season has boosted in the fans mind what they are getting.
I have GMs blocked (literally the only person on this website), so I missed his comment. It seems like a reactionary and quite extreme comment, pretty much summarizing why I made this post to begin with.
Back to the original point - I think Edmundson gets helped on the eye test because he's paired with Petry who hides many of his faults. But I think Chiarot is forced to eat more minutes than he should be. First pair minutes as an ideally third pair guy - he's solid when used right. MTL's done a pretty good job with Ben, though. Nonetheless, Romanov has easier minutes, and as such I think he gets a better look by the eye test. I think more would be exposed of him if he was facing teams first lines on a nightly basis.
I still have to laud you for having a critical take of Edmundson. I find that many habs fans are not critical with their players and are over optimistic to only see the good in everyone. This past comment alone has gained a lot of respect.
I hope I don't sound like a habs hater in this comment. I just look at it more critically (and often at a more extreme level to compensate the opposite direction as pushed by the media).
I'm still intrigued - what's your guys solution to this blue line moving forward, especially given the confining cap of next year?</div></div>
You definitely don't seem like a hater and I completely agree with everything that you have said. The one thing I have to say is that Chiarot was given similar minutes last year and handled them fine, so there's no reason why he shouldn't be able to handle them this year. I don't think it's the perfect fit (ideally he's playing top 4 time).
For next year, I have absolutely no idea. The guys who I would like to leave have multiple years left on their contracts and likely be impossible to move. In the Ideal world it's
???? - Weber
Kulak - Petry
Romanov - ????
There's not a guy in our system who could play the 1st line so that would have to come from free agency (Alec Martinez or Vince Dunn come to mind). If we're going to play Romanov 1st line, then we absolutely need a very good 2nd pairing LHD to play behind him. To sum things up, we need a top 4 puck moving defender LHD.