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06-14-2009, 03:28 PM
flyers ltd
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Originally Posted by flyersguy33 View Post
How is Esche of the 04 season any different from Biron of last year. Both got us to the ECF and then didn't do so well next season, yet people are *****ing about letting Biron walk and are talking a bunch of **** on Esche. Doesn't make much sense
Compare the defense in front of them:

Esche in 2004:
Danil Markov
Kim Johnsson
Joni Pitkanen
Marcus Ragnarsson
Mattias Timander
Vladimir Malakhov

Biron in 2008:
Kimmo Timonen
Baydon Coburn
Randy Jones
Jason Smith
Derian Hatcher
Lasse Kukkonen
Jaroslav Modry

Esche had six good to very good defenseman. Maybe the best collection of defensemen on the team this decade. Not to mention Hitchcock's defensive system. Biron's unit had two very good defensemen and a few guys who used to be good. Not to mention the impenetrable John Stevens iron curtain up front. As for their play, Biron was mostly solid throughout, while Esche let in lots of weak goals. I don't love Biron but I think if he was in net in 04 we'd have won.

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