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04-11-2012, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by BillyShoe1721 View Post
Fleming's defensive game is vastly superior to Secord's, being noted as a shadow that checked Hull and the great RWs of his era.
Secord has no defensive game to speak of, so you're safe here. But, I wonder if this business about Fleming being "the guy" who checked the other team's greats is based on assumptions, i.e. he was a lesser skilled player, so it must have been his job to check the better players.

Also, I'm not sure how much he'd have been checking Hull, since Hull is a LW too.

Certainly in Chicago, it doesn't look like he was getting much ice time at all, based on his offensive totals. In New York, it seems like he got a bigger role, but it was the Marshall/Goyette/Nevin line that would have been the main checking line, right?

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