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12-19-2008, 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by thunderhorse View Post
I agree. I think Coburn needs a veteran linemate to steady him. Maybe it's his mental toughness or fortitude that's taking a hit without Hatcher/Timonen to back him, but he's got to get past that if he's to be an effective NHL defenseman. With Hatcher/Timonen backing him, he was much more free to play "his game" knowing his partner was very likely to cover his tail if he got caught.
I don't think it's anything negative like that. I think he's trying way too hard this year. Looks to me like he came into this year hearing the talk about how he was a stud in the making and wanted to go out there and be that stud, rather than just letting the game come to him.

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