Potatoe1 wrote:Another misguided, disjointed, anti-Edler rant, by poster Meds.
Edler is an excellent over all defenseman and easily worth the 5 mill we are paying him.
How about instead of a obsessing about a bobbled punck or a missed shot on goal you take a look at the big picture.
23 mpg on a top5 defensive team. 9 points in 11 games for a team that hasn't scored very much. Taking the toughest match upps while playing on his off side.
If you think guys who can do these things are easy to find or replaceable you are kidding yourself.
I have always maintained that I don't like Edler as a number one guy. I have always maintained that my biggest qualm with him is that some people seem to think he is "that guy", or going to become "that guy".
A good player. Very solid top 3 defender, but one who just wasn't up to the task of being a number 1 guy, he's not a Shea Weber or Chris Pronger. Gillis needs to be ready to pull the trigger on a deal that includes Edler if it has the chance of strengthening the team in the long run.
Where in there did I say, or have I ever said for that matter, that Edler is easily replaceable?
I point out with him the same things I pointed out with Ohlund. It's more playing devil's advocate on here for people that are higher on a guy than they should be than it is because I want Edler gone.
I also don't think I've been unfair in giving him a chance either. If the old site could be dug up you woudl see I was pretty stoked to see what he might turn into when he first started cracking the roster in Vancouver, you would also see that after half a season I was calling the for exact thing we are seeing from him now. A very good top 3 defenseman. A decent number 2 guy. Too many mental errors and inconsistencies to be "that guy".
Would this team be worse without Edler in the lineup? Yes. No question. Would they be worse without him if you added something else? Depends on the something else.