Its pretty hilarious that you dont use any FACTS/STATS to support your opinions. It would be nice to read a sound argument and debate it instead of just a baseless one.
You may disagree but mine actually is a reasonably sound argument. I've used statistics to support my case, but as I mentioned repeatedly, it also relies on watching the games. Sorry if it offends you because I said something mildly critical of one of your favorite players, but that doesn't make it baseless.
A baseless argument would be this one.
The stats dont support your argument is all. +/- is kept so you can see what players are the most beneficial to a team 5 on 5. This stat can be skewed, as the top pairing usually faces the other team's top line(s) and vice versa. But in Kindl's case, he was seeing big minutes last season. Babcock wasnt shielding him from the superstars. His +/- is a great indicator that he was taking care of his business in hid own end. Babcock mentioned this several times last season.
First, he wasn't playing big minutes. As has been covered, his average TOI per game was 18:33, which puts him at #6 on the depth chart when everyone is healthy. 2:36 of his minutes were on the PP, which means he only average 15:40 per game at Even Strength, and 15 seconds on the PK. That average ES TOI puts him 7th. 6th if you dont' want to count Cola. Kronwall by comparison was playing 18:01 ES minutes per game. And Ericsson was close behind with 17:55. Those are big minutes against top competition. In the playoffs the gap between the top pairing and other D men because even more pronounced.
Second, +/- is in no way a great indicator of taking care of business in your own end. I've used this example before, but Lidstrom finished a -2 in 2011. Using your reasoning, Brian Rafalski was best on the team at "taking care of business in his own end" with a +11 while Lidstrom was apparently worst at it among the regular defensive corps. Watching the games tells us that's not actually the case. Rafalski was often a liability defensively with his small stature and ailing knee.
There's also the small point of Lidstrom winning the Norris that year, but I guess that's not a stat really so it doesn't count.
All of this makes it seem like I'm being harder on Kindl than I actually am. All I was saying is he needs to improve his consistency in his own zone and this contract will be worth it.