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02-25-2012, 10:41 PM
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Originally Posted by EllertoKostitsynGoal View Post
Getting a Malhotra type guy would help Plekanec, and the team as a whole, alot without costing too much. Giving him some wingers would probably help too. No one should expect a player with 60% Dzone starts in hard minutes to put up huge numbers. This really need to be addressed in the offseason, it should in fact be a priority. Personally, if management sign some useless goon to center our 4th line (or doesn't sign anyone) because of a new size and toughness complex instead of adressing a real problem and sign someone that can take some of Plekanec's responsabilties on D I won't have a whole lot of faith in them going foward.
Good call.

I think it's pretty cool, how Vigneault is using Malhotra. Allocating ice time by zone start more than any other coach in the league, as far as I can tell. Using the Sedins in the o-zone, forcing the opposition, who usually play power-on-power against the twins to use their best in their d-zone. Then using Malhotra and Lapierre in their own end against the rest, willing to do that very specific task of winning faceoffs and clearing the Nucks' zone.

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