Re: Chara +/-
posted at 3/28/2011 11:44 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Chara +/-
[QUOTE]BBR I think everyone who plays with Chara overachieves. Ference early on in the year, Boychuk last year, Kampfer. He brings out the best in his partners it seems...
Posted by jmwalters[/QUOTE]
I think his on ice awareness both covers up for his parnter's errors and makes them look better than they really are. Yes, I would agree with that.
This is why I always felt that Nicklas Lidstrom was overrated, as great as his career has been.
I cringe when I hear the praise someone like that gets all the time, but Lidstrom has never played on a bad team. Ever.
The guy was always playing with an All Star defenseman the second he stepped into the league in the early 90s. Whether it was Larry Murphy, Steve Duchesne or Chris Chelios, he seemed to always play on loaded teams.
Chara, meanwhile, never has really had that here. Maybe in Ottawa, although I forget who he paired with there.
Bourque didn't either. Bourque had an aging Brad Park to ease him into the league, but after that, he was pretty much relegated to decent or just solid D Partners.
If Kluzak would have been healthy, that was probably Bourque's most talented D partner/would be partner.