Yesterday, Cody did a great job of explaining why Esa Lindell deserved his massive pay raise. But not everyone agrees — former DBD bench boss Josh Lile, for instance, thinks we’re all putting in a little too much stock in Lindell’s defensive ability:
Being able to defend is great. Doing it all the time is a sign that things aren’t going well. Lindell defends a lot, and opposing teams fire a ton of pucks on net with him on the ice. Excess pucks on net eventually lead to goals against. Whether that’s his fault or a schemed idea doesn’t change the fact that pucks are fired at will on the Stars’ net with him on the ice.
Furthermore, many supporters of the contract extension point to how Lindell acts as a sort of defensive safety net for regular partner John Klingberg. But looking at the stats, that may not be the case:
I don’t know that we can reliably say that Lindell helped Klingberg’s performance. If anything, I think there is evidence that the opposite happened... In 2019, when not with Klingberg, Lindell performed at best like a middle-of-the-pack defensive defenseman at even strength.
You can get angry at me down in the comments after reading the rest of Lile’s piece here.
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As we Dallas Stars fans wallow in misery, let’s just distract ourselves by looking ahead to the NHL Draft:
We can also peek forward toward free agency. Here’s a look at who’s hurt/helped their stock this postseason:
Okay, back to misery — something tells me there needs to be a redaction here:
New post: In the battle between the Blues and Sharks, which franchise holds the crown for making its fans miserable? Laying out the depressing case for each team. https://t.co/BEpr3ZQhUF pic.twitter.com/es4lPLdJyZ— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) May 21, 2019
At least someone can be happy about how things are unfolding:
'I bet with my heart': How a St. Louis Blues fan could win $100K https://t.co/TsxVgzV0xu— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) May 21, 2019
Easiest choice ever: