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11-30-2011, 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by BrooklynCapsFan View Post
I don't buy for a second that they're incapable of a decent transition game without Green.

Green executes the breakout through great passing, but more often through his great skating. Lugging the puck up ice works, but it masks the broader transition problems-namely that the forwards don't even skate, let alone put themselves in a position to help their dmen.

Carlson was third in the league in ESA last year, Wideman has been top 30 in that category twice. They are capable of making smart passes, but not without a team effort.

Green is great, but he's not the salve he's made out to be; he's a very effective bandaid on a much bigger problem.

29 teams in this league play without Mike Green every night. Puck support. Team play. Sound fundamental hockey. All of these are more important than any one player. If you have those AND a Mike Green, all the better.

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