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03-26-2011, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Nex06 View Post
Ummm, in ice hockey today defense is more than just D+G. You do realize the importance of forwards in the defensive system under Terry Murray I hope? And it includes wingers with their own defensive responsibilities, let alone centers, who are sometimes back before the dmen...
Yep, I do and we have a lot of forwards that know how to play defense. Don't get me wrong losing Kopitar is a big loss and he is good in his own zone and responsible defensively. It hurts no doubt, but the Kings are going to have to hunker down and play even tighter.

This is a good opportunity for guys like Lewis, Moller, and Richardson to be in a situation where they will get a chance to show more offensive flare.

Since I wasn't expecting a cup run this season even with Kopitar it's hardly the end of the world. Kopitar's long term health and development are much more important. In the long run this can be a positive for some of the other young forwards on the team.

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