Lets pose this question not just to Flames fans but also to hockey fans. Dion's defensive play is being over shadowed by Todd Bertuzzi's horrible +/- rating. Dion has the second worst +/- on the team, now some may say that's because he averages 28:03 in ice time so there is more of chance for goals against. If that was true then Robyn Regher with his 22:10 average in ice time should not be +5, even Jerome with his 21:36 is a +1. Even Dion's defensive partner is only a -4 (Mark Giordano), Adam Pardy is a +2, Aucoin is a -2 and Sarich is also -2.
So is +/- really that important or is it just a stat for the hardcore? If you take last years stats most of the Flames d-men where on the + side, only Warrener and Eriksson where on the negative side. A question the was posed on the Fan 960 on friday to Pierre McGuire was should the Flames move Dion up to forward due to his play this season. McGuire responded only on the power play but keep him back 5 on 5. I few teams have tried this move this season. In Minnesota Brett Burns has been moved up to forward and back and in Chicago BYFUGLIEN. If the Flames acquired Jay Bouwmeester should they try Dion up front?
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