Originally Posted by The Other Side
And our defense has sucked since he has been out. Salo is not, and has not been the answer. He is and was not an Ohlund. At one time he was a very good defenseman, but age is catching up with him. I think he makes a great 2nd pairing.
I think you are confusing the Ohlund we saw for around 15 games during the Cup run and the Ohlund who needed Lundin to save his bacon on a nightly basis in two seasons prior. Ohlund wasn't effective unless he was playing with a more mobile player who could cover his positioning (Hedman/Lundin). When Lundin got hurt he got paired with Brewer if memory serves, and he looked old and slow. He was nails in that playoff run, though.
RE: Carle. I'm far from ready to close the book on a guy who played less than a season under Boucher's system (one that has a reputation to be difficult and counterintuitive), and has now played 5 games under Cooper.