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08-09-2012, 04:39 PM
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Well, if the rest of the league's fans think our D is "bottom 5" after adding Suter, then yeah, they're underrated. As Yeo said, we defended well, we just spent way too much time doing it.

Part of that is on the forwards (and injuries to them), but part of that is on the d-men not being able to clear the zone in a controlled yet aggressive way to get the forwards into the offense in such a fashion where they can pin the bad guys in their own end for signficant lengths of time.

Frankly, for my money, before he got injured, Lats was often the most effective guy on the team in transitioning the boys from defense to offense. And he's not exactly known for that kind of thing over his career --but he was doing it at the beginning of last year, presumably because he was one of the few who could.

Tho, come to think of it, it was also clear his hip/groin still wasn't 100%, so he may have been more focused on his passing than he would have been if the wheels were 100%.

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