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04-08-2010, 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Fugu View Post
I saw that article earlier today. The thing that stood out for me is that he believes Kronwall isn't as good as Lids and Rafalski. Leading up to the 2008 Cup, Kronwall seemed to peak defensively, but has had good years offensively since then. His D seemed to take a step backwards-- and I wonder if some of that is due to him being told to focus mainly on offense? The brainfarts he's had defensively in the past year or so have been surprising given his earlier performances.
Kronwall has been my favorite Wing since he was called up years ago during the injury plagued month of '04. But with that said I don't think Scotty saying Kronner is not as good as Lidstrom or Rafalski is something groundbreaking. During the cup season Kronwall was great in the playoffs but nothing spectacular during the regular season. He was dominant in almost every facet but he still had the same sort of brainfarts that he has now. Look at game 6 when he turned the puck over to Sykora in the first few minutes of the game. The mistakes don't matter when the puck doesn't end up in the net and during that robotic post season the mistakes were almost always taken care of.

I believe Kronwall is easily a #2 defensemen playing in a comfortable #3 spot but I believe his defense is just as good but the team hasn't been back to that peak. I also don't think that peak is necessary to win the cup either, the way this team has played since it's gotten healthy has been cup contender caliber IMO.

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