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11-22-2004, 11:56 AM
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NYR469
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Originally Posted by Levitate
IMO you don't particularly NEED a true #1 blueliner as long as your overall D is good and solid...but it certainly helps a lot. i don't think tampa had anyone i'd consider a real #1 guy but they got the job done
they won without a true #1, but how many teams that are consistantly at the top don't have a true #1??

there are always exceptions, teams that win without an elite goalie (red wings won with osgood), teams without an elite dman, teams without good special teams, etc but just because it is possible to win under those circumstances that doesn't mean that you should build that way...

simply put the better the defense is the better chances you have of success year after year

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