is a very talented, big, and reliable line-up from top to bottom.
shmenguin wrote:So are we now allowed to say he was bad last year or is that still somehow up for debate?
Desiato wrote:Did he play to his potential or contract last year? No. But still, IMO, he was a goat, and most of the criticism was unbalanced and unfair. He did a lot of good things in averaging 23 mins a game while "stinking." Such as a stretch playing 28+ mins a game when the Pens blue line was depleted and going +14 in the final 31 games of the season while the hoopla was at its peak here.
Had his play been as bad as some stated here, those things would not have happened. He'd have been scratched or moved down the depth chart.
That's all I'm going to say on the subject. Not going to further resurrect that dead horse.
Idoit40fans wrote:I've been trying to throw out Martin love in some threads, being that I was probably one of his more vocal detractors around here last season. He's been solid.
joopen wrote:guiner wrote:That's all good, but still think its a very poor decision to have Paul Martin on the PP instead of Simon Despres.
Nope can't say anything good about Martin. Wow
Malkamaniac wrote:I really get the feeling that it was Michalek who couldn't handle playing here and it sucked Martin down. Michalek has gone back to almost leading the league in blocked shots, and Martin is back to being reliable.
CERV96 wrote:Malkamaniac wrote:I really get the feeling that it was Michalek who couldn't handle playing here and it sucked Martin down. Michalek has gone back to almost leading the league in blocked shots, and Martin is back to being reliable.
It's a system thing I believe. Not the player. Both of their uprises this year can prove that theory. I am happy for the both of them. Z wanted out cause he wasn't being used right. My guess is Z did not see the system changing to his strengths and wanted to bail before it got worse for the team and himself.