Tocchet: Flyers D "Serviceable" but could be better
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08-02-2012, 04:32 PM
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We've got the single most underrated defense in the NHL now thanks to Bryzgalov and our injury-riddled postseason.
The reason it wasn't at the incredible level it was before when we turned Micheal Leighton into a good goalie is because we lacked Richards, Carter, and Pronger.
We still lack those, but as long as Bryzgalov doesn't re-emerge as the second coming of Leighton, we'll be fine. We've replaced Richards and Carter hopefully with a growing BSchenn and Couturier. We've replaced Pronger and Carle with Grossmann and LSchenn.
As long as Bryzgalov's head isn't up his ass, we'll be a top 10 defense fairly easily.
We've also replaced JvR and Jagr with Fedotenko and Voracek w/ more playing time...which means more PT for Simmonds, Read, Wellwood, Schenn, Couts...all defensively sound forwards. Also, hopefully Schenn gets the 2C spot off Briere to limit Briere's defensive responsibilities. I truly feel team defense will improve dramatically if healthy.
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