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02-03-2012, 11:12 AM
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The comments that Burmi needs to learn both ends of the ice and that Noel is trying to teach him a defensive game are strange to me. Last year he was one of the few guys that would whole-heartedly back check. More guys are willing to back check hard this season, and Burmi still does it well too. He's also no slouch on the PK.

The bad thing about creative Russian players is that sometimes they lose the puck when they get fancy. This seems to be the flaw in Burmistrov's game, but I wouldn't want that creativity to be bridled too much, there will be some times it costs us, but I think it will end up paying off more. Buff doesn't get sent down to the 3rd pairing for similar behavior.

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