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10-29-2003, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by txpd
The NHL players voted him in the top 4 defensemen in the league last year at the end of the season. They don't tend to do that with one way players. Gonchar is better defensively than average, because last year he was moved from having his minutes managed to carrying the load on defense. He was in the top 5 minutes played last year. The only difference between Gonchar's +/- figure and Klee's +22 was that Gonchar was on the ice for every empty net goal against and Klee none.
More specifically Klee is a solid, yet completely unremarkable defenseman. Gonchar and Klee were among the +/- leaders last year.
It was not a case of Klee carrying Gonchar on the defensive side of the game. Toronto fans can tell you now that he is not good enough to carry a partner with holes in his game.

As an Islander fan, I've got to watch Gonchar quite a bit over the years. I'd have to agree with TXPD. For that reason, I do think of Gonchar as being a elite top five guy.

Man, do I ever miss Oleg Kvasha. If Oleg was here, everything would be OK.
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