Thread: Line Combos: Gagne - Richards - Giroux
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01-19-2010, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by mikedifr View Post
Not saying he individually was a better defensive player in Buffalo, the point is that the team's system and style was more suited to him that it wasnt as glaring as it was here. There is a HUGE difference going from a +17 to the -22 he was a couple years ago....Its because our system here doesnt play to his strengths and weaknesses resulting in them "having" to move him to wing. Mabye with Lavi's system results are different, but that only works if the rest of the team starts playing better defensively.

Vanek/Roy were not playing with Briere at even strength which is obviously why their numbers are higher, he was playing with Hecht and Pominville most of the time, but they are also better defensive players than Briere. Of course, Drury was a +1 and he is the one known as the "two-way" guy so are the +/- stats on that team really that relevant? Who knows.
Well, Drury was playing the Primeau role we had here a few years back. Take care of the other teams top line...if you come out of that neutral or positive, that's a big plus.

Briere's -22 was the product of a few things. Some of it was Stevens' even strength game wasn't as cohesive as they had up there, but it was also because Briere had a weaker team around him and therefore was less insulated from his own weaknesses. That's a team issue, not something particular to his individual game...he was the same player up there that he was here.

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