Posted 21 October 2013 - 03:56 PM
He was on the top pairing and broke his leg shortly after the initial puck drop. Stafford was called up to fill in the next game, which was the one quoted above. Brutal times, but we played through adversity.
Yep, the entire top 4 D was out injured, which was why Lilja-Lebda was the top pairing.
"If I can be totally honest, it's not a lot of guys you get impressed by. Actually, it's no one else but him. From the bench, to see what move he makes -- you're like, 'I wish I could do that.' Sometimes you sit on the bench and just think, 'wow,' and you look over to the other bench and they sit there and shake their heads, too. He has great, great skills. I'm probably not going to play with another player who has the kind of skills he has." Mikael Samuelsson on Pavel Datsyuk