Canucks Officially Sign Mathieu Schneider
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08-24-2009, 09:08 PM
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I agree on Edler. I think it may end up being a situation where we survive the regular season but matchup very poorly against some of the offensive teams in the playoffs. Perhaps the plan is to look for an young defensive upgrade in the middle of the season, preferably with Corey's value (positively) defined.
I think that the Chicago series exposed some problems on defense, but also some problems with the coaching.
We've seen successful teams in the playoffs use their best defensive forwards in a defensive role, even if they are named Datsyuk. If Patrick Kane had have had Ryan Kesler riding him all game, would he have scored a hat trick, especially when Kesler wasn't exactly ripping it up offensively?
It might seem odd to criticize Vigneault for failing to shake up his lines, but a change was needed. And the pressure on the defence could have been alleviated if he had reconfigured things a little.
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