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10-04-2011, 06:01 PM
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Originally Posted by mirimon View Post
Well, it's obviously a bit of both. I mean, that team defense won't be as effective with Mike Smith as their goalie. That much I think should be clear to almost anyone. They gained a lot by having a goalie with as good of rebound control as Bryzgalov has for instance. At the same time, put Bryzgalov behind a team like the Islanders last season and he won't be having quite the same impressive numbers (and no, I don't believe he could have led them to the playoffs).
The coyotes without bryz will probably finish close to the bottom of the west without any other major roster changes. If this doesnt show he carried the team I do not know what will.

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