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11-14-2004, 05:23 PM
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VanIslander
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The year was 1994. As a university student in Windsor in I went to watch my childhood hero Coffey play at the Joe. I knew to expect him to be slower than his heydays. What I didn't expect was to see an entire game of absolutely horrid defense on his part. Every shift I followed his play and was amazed at his lack of defensive skill. The guy is like a bungee chord tied to the puck, easily faked, often out of position, stripped twice of the puck, sad really. Sure he got an assist that game. But he cost them a goal too as well as a couple of other opportunities. I was so shocked that I had to go to another game just to assure myself that it was an especially off night for him. And the next game he was worse. I lost all respect for him as a defenseman. Thankfully the Red Wings played a left wing lock, to provide a second d-man. All those who used to say Coffey wasn't a defenseman, but instead a fourth forward were correct. He plays as much defense as Cliff Ronning. Though he used to look a lot more like a Pavel Bure.

Coffey should've been no more than a powerplay specialist in 1994.

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