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10-06-2011, 08:49 AM
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With Markov it might be the best unit in the East. Without Markov it's still fine, above average in the conference certainly. The problems with evaluating the Habs typically involve overvaluing the amount of D talent on other clubs, and undervaluing Spacek, who's been a perfectly capable top-4 D-man, on his wrong side, for the entirety of his Habs career.

The key skills for a defenseman are positioning and puck movement. Physicality is really entirely optional, though it's often mistaken for defense. Montreal's defensemen are good at what matters most.

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