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09-19-2003, 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by thome_26
You're right, the team does win when it is skating and forchecking. BUT guess what buddy, that was the major thing of the Oilers defense of two years ago. AGREESIVE DEFENSE is what they played. Last year they played try and out score the other team. Two years ago they played, we better shut'm down cause we're not scoring much. I'm saying they need to find a happy medium! Teams that don't play good defense don't win. It's that simple. It doesn't have to be sit in the neutral zone, put me to sleep, defense, BUT it has to be defense!
Put quite simply, we played 3rd line hockey in '01/'02. Good puck possession, but not enough finish around the net. (sounds like a coach or 2 we know)

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Simmer's adding some excitement and a new dimension to the coaching staff. The boys look like they're having fun. IF they buy in to what the coaches are selling, we'll see more focus and balanced play.

Hockey is a team sport. Last years playoffs should tell you that team focus can take you deep into the playoffs. Add the talent that's listed above (btw-reasoner belongs in that list) and we're dangerous. And then, it won't matter where Comrie is.

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