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05-20-2008, 02:08 AM
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Originally Posted by le_sean View Post
People overblow Tampa's defensive deficiencies. It has more to do with the 5 man unit not playing well in that zone and poor goaltending than it has to do with actual defencemen.

Boyle, Rangers and O'Brien are all Top 4 defenceman. Kuba is just on the brink. Smaby is coming up he'll be a Top 4 I believe. So that's 4 good defencemen.

This is compared to no one in their system that can step in offensively anytime soon. Dana Tyrell is not an offensive force, Luca Cunti is still a question mark. With the uncertainty of Vinny staying when his contract is up, what happens? They can take Doughty but how is that going to help? In 3 years maybe. Stamkos can help their team now AND will be the centrepiece for years to come.

That's their weaknesses according to this website. Stamkos fills 2 of those. Boyle and Ranger are already on the team as offensive-minded. The need for them is really up front.
I knew there was at least one person here who knew the Lightning.

Anyone who thinks that Tampa's main weakness is defensive prospects flat-out knows nothing about the team. End of story.

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