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05-05-2012, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by flyershockey View Post
Pronger has been pretty healthy over the course of his career. They had to take the chance that he was going stay healthy this year. What else were they supposed to do? They couldn't trade for anyone, and the free agency class was weak with defenders.

You can be above average defensively and still be far from Selke caliber. Getting out shot isn't always indicative of poor defensive play. I'll take ten crappy shots from outside over a couple of really good chances. If our goaltending wasn't atrocious this season (outside of March), our team wouldn't be considered so defensively inept. Those guys are more than capable of limiting chances, something they've done almost all season.

And it's the same result. Boston scored something like twenty goals in that series last season. But, everybody insists that we lost so much two way play with the Carter and Richards trades. The 2011 team allowed 2.63 goals a game that year, versus 2.74 this year. That's hardly enough to say this team sucks defensively.
If you want a top echelon defenseman without overpaying for him, you have to draft them. When you don't draft or develop any defensemen of your own, it's going to be really hard to get a solid core without overpaying many of them.


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