I am just so sick of every blaming Joni Pitkanen for any and everything when we lose.
Fact Pitkanen has only taken 3 penalties all year in 18 games.
Fact he is tied for 1st in D assits with Corvo Gleason and Faulk and has played at least 6 games less.
Fact he has plus minus of 6 when Harrison is -6 and he is supposed to be our shutdown guy.
Fact Pitkanen averages about 24 min of ice time so the coaches must like something.
Even though he is the highest paid Dman on the team making 4.5 a year not many people know that Gleason makes a average of 4 million a year and is under contract for more years. I dont think Joni is over paid I think Gleason is over paid for being a mediocre tough guy and supposed to be our stay at home d man.
I know Joni is not physical but thats just not his style. He is a powerplay specialist and a great puck mover. He is always fast enough to get back on breakaway and as of late does not take penalties.
That being said I think you need to pair him with Gleason or Harrison because there is no way two offensive D men are going to work for us.
What pisses me off is that if we had Karlson people would be saying the same shit when only half is true. They are not watching his stellar offensive play but only looking for him to make a mistake in the backend which happens when you get the most ice time.