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08-17-2012, 01:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Not completely independent as you are limited to the number of defensemen you can use in a game. Bruins top 6 defensemen do not have an elite puck moving defenseman to quarterback the PP or act as a triggerman from the point. Chara has a great shot but takes too long to execute.

So the Bruins top 6 is great at limiting quality shots at ES but this impacts on their PP since none of the top6 are even close to ideal PP point men.
Yes. Two of the more notable puck-movers they've had recently, Dennis Wideman and Joe Corvo (though, the latter is much more of a shooter), were dealt with accordingly. Julien got a ton of miles out of Wideman, especially when we saw what happened when he was "in charge" of a defense this past year in Washington. He was horrendous. His ability to be a liability was neutralized by having Zdeno Chara babysit him. It was the best Wideman played in his career. Meanwhile, Corvo, who couldn't keep up and wasn't as needed because of his inability to move the puck vs. Wideman, was stuffed down in the lineup and kept out of the way.

Also noteworthy, Julien has gotten away with less than fleet of foot d-men in his time, especially in Boston. Scheme works very well with players with limited mobility on the back line, especially when they receive such a great deal of support from their conscientious two-way centers (such as Bergeron, Krejci, Kelly and Campbell, all regarded for their two-way or defensive play).


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