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08-29-2011, 03:46 PM
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Talks to Goalposts
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Originally Posted by MathMan View Post
In Wilson's defense, if he doesn't trust his blueline's zone coverage (and that's not an unreasonable opinion to have given his personnel), he may think he needs the scoring and the offensive puck possession more than the low-event. Perhaps a reaction to Burke's emphasis on hitty D-men as opposed to skilled or positionally sound blueliners.

Or he might believe in the "keep going at'em" spiel that other coaches preach to the media but don't practice. That only makes sense though if your expectation is for a positive goal-differential and given the Leafs' talent level that's an iffy proposition against a lot of teams.
Could be more than just the blueline, the forward group has been lacking in what I'd call strong defensive players, especially after they shipped out their collection of decent but not particularly good veterans. The terrible goaltending also skews the situation. In any event I think its fair to say that roster issues have forced a number of devil's choices to the Leafs coaching staff. It seems they've gone with the reversal of the usual tactics a weaker squad employs to become an average to above average offensive team at the expense of team defense.

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