What is your definition of bottom pair? Is it someone who plays against other teams' worst offensive lines? If so, then I agree: Kronwall isn't getting paid to play on the bottom pair. If your definition refers to defensmen who will play 8-10 minutes tops in a game, then I have to bring up that Babs is insisting that all defensmen average out to about 20 min per game this year so young guys can develop and old guys won't get worn out come playoff time.
Are there any other teams who run 3 pairs at 20mins per pair in the NHL?
Hmm Ericsson and Kindl most likely (if he gets the chance) because they will make so many mistakes and turnovers, the turnovers is the biggest factor when you're talking about whipping boys' in hockey.
Howard mostly because of his rebound control.
So potentially 3 guys could share the whipping boy position imo.
Posted by vladdy16
on 17 September 2010 - 08:12 AM
Witherest Pronger goes, so goes my disdain; hence, no Duck hatred. I don't hate the Pens really, either, but I cannot stand He Who Shall Not Be Named, therefore the Pens are guilty by association and will suffer my dislike for a long as He is there.
That was Lang; he checked Suter off the puck before scoring on Vokoun from his knees.
Sadly, that was pretty much the only thing Lang did in that playoff year.
I am compelled to defend my esteemed colleague, good friend, and blood brother on this account. Robert Lang led the Wings in playoff scoring in 2004 and was on his way to winning the Art Ross during the season before he broke his ribs; tied for Wings' playoff scoring lead in 2006 and put up 60 points despite being third line center behind Hank and Pav; and while he was terrible in 2007 he still managed to contribute with two huge, clutch goals in the playoffs.
All of this info and more will be available in my upcoming book, A Brief History of Lang, set to debut as soon as I find a publisher that considers these historical events as important as I do.
Blame Dr. Spock, and his books that everyone followed like it was the holy bible of child rearing. When I played baseball when I was little, my parents would actually watch the games, see what I was doing right and wrong, and then we'd go in the backyard and work on skills. Now everyone thinks their kid is the greatest at everything, and if coach benches a kid the parents yell at coach instead of working on whatever skills their kid needs to improve in order to play.
In junior high, I tried out for the basketball team. Quite frankly, I sucked, and didn't get picked. I didn't cry, my parents didn't sue. They always taught me to try hard at everything in life; sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. I eventually found a sport I was good at, cross-country and track & field, and I worked hard to get good. The hard work paid off and I got a great sense of satisfaction from it. I can't imagine I'd get the same feeling if I got something without trying.
I hate this false sense of entitlement a lot of people younger than me have (and some the same age as me). Its like some parents are so worried about trashing a kid's self esteem that they put them on this false pedestal, and they pay for it later in life because they're not ready for the real world. Very sad.