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06-20-2012, 12:39 AM
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Versatility in terms of the overall team, not each individual player. You can't stockpile a bunch of PMD's on the back end assume everything will work perfectly. If that was the case then NHL GM's are absolute idiots for padding their defense with guys like Willie Mitchell or Matt Greene.
Pressuring the puck carrier is part of having a good defensive strategy, it's not the only thing. The same way clearing the crease isn't the only thing you need to worry about, but it is important. You can't say that because you keep pressuring the puck carrier, no shots will ever get through for a guy who can deflect or screen.
I think people are seeing the worst in Murray because this always seems to happen when young players start developing. Folks become infatuated with the new fresh guys and start throwing the over 30's under the bus. I mean hell, there are people who seriously want a guy like Dan Boyle gone right now because we have Burns.
Murray was not as atrocious as you keep making him out to be, he doesn't have the speed and it can be frustrating to watch, but I believe you're just looking for the worst in him.
Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene are both better puck movers than Murray. If you look at Vancouver, a key reason why their defense was so good in 10-11 wasn't only because they were all decent puck-movers, but they were all mobile. The dump and chase game is practically ineffective against them. And really, Murray's speed is atrocious. Near the end of the season, every team had a playbook of how to enter the zone when Murray was on the ice. You dump the puck on the left side of the ice and you retrieve it because Murray isn't fast enough to get it.
Pressuring the puck carrier is probably the most important aspect of PKing. What Murray does is replaceable (getting into shooting lanes and blocking shots). The Sharks haven't been a crease clearing team since Blake left.
And yes, people are seeing the worst in Murray because of the young-guns. It's because these young guns are better than Murray and their skill sets are a lot harder to come by.
Also, who exactly wants to trade Boyle? I've only seen people trading Boyle if DW signs Carle or Suter.
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