Thread: OT: Vaananen vs Tollefsen
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07-28-2009, 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by claude boivin lives View Post
That's such a silly thing to say. Yeah, when Tollefson is stuck behind his own net with the puck, Pronger can just teleport out there from the bench and move the puck up the ice for him. And it's not like playing him with a quality puckmover would make everything ok either. Hockey's not that simple.

While I like the idea of having balanced with more of a puckmover, and one with more of a stay-at-home no way shape or form does that assure that it will be no problem for that pairing to move the puck up the ice. All defensemen need to be good two-way players to a certain extent if they are playing in the NHL. If some guy is a nightmare with the puck on his stick, that becomes a problem no matter how good of a puckmover he has playing next to him.
Umm, a guy who is NOT a puck moving dman doesn't sit behind the net with the puck EVER. He dishes it to someone who is better than him and if neither are really a puck mover themselves (say if he were paired with Parent) then they simply wait for a forward to come back and pick up the puck and carry it out of the zone for them. Honestly, this happens so many tmes in a game I can't believe this is actually a concern of some. So Tol can't skate the pck out of our zone, who cares. there are more dmen inthe NHL who CAN'T do it very well than there are who actually CAN do it well. Should all the dmen who can't skate the pck or make a tape-to-tape pass out of the zone be kiced out of the NHL?

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