Quote from: cabber24 on April 16, 2018, 12:46:58 PMHaha, that's a long time ago. Problem with Brown is he needs to score more then he has. If scoring is a bonus for him, he should be on the 4th line. Our 3rd line needs to score. JVR and Bozak are 2 of the worst defensive forwards in the game. I won't be sad to see both gone next season.Quote from: Strangelove on April 16, 2018, 12:39:00 PMBrown busts his ass... scoring is a bonus. We have scorers. He brings balance to JVR's and Bozak's deficiencies at D.Quote from: cabber24 on April 16, 2018, 12:15:18 PMQuote from: Strangelove on April 16, 2018, 11:54:41 AMBrown is like one of two forwards who has played half decent in the first two games?
Carrick should be in the line-up over at least three defencemen who will dress. Unfortunately, Babcock seems determined to ride or die with the veterans, who are "men", even when they're performing terribly.
Plekanec I sort of understand at a certain level, except he's been so atrocious that it's hard to justify any kind of promotion at this point, even to try and get him going. Leivo should be in over Brown as well, who has been similarly brutal for most of the season.
Carrick would be a negligible difference. We're stuck with what we have unless we went off the board for someone like Holl or Marincin. Just looking at Marlies stats: Marincin was a +35?
I disagree. I think we've gotten to the point where Brown is so unremarkable that not standing out for being bad is considered by many to "playing well" (similar to Leo earlier this year). The problem is that he's in a scoring role and no longer seems to be a threat to score. Simply being there isn't good enough, in my view, so he should come out for someone who is likely to make more of an impact.
I think Carrick has the potential to make more than a negligible difference. Zaitsev, Polak and Hainsey currently have no ability to handle the puck in their own end and are being caught out of position extremely consistently. Carrick would probably be a distinct improvement in that regard.
Our D sucks as a whole, has for as long as I can remember. Maybe since Brian Leetch?