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10-10-2012, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike Farkas View Post
- Charlie Burns may have been assigned to shut down Howe. That's one guy on your fourth line. I have two of the most defensively responsible lines in the whole league AND then a Selke-winner (the only one in the league, right?). The defensive mismatch is large. I'll take ATD-level defense vs. MLD-level offense any day of the week.
You guys could end up going in circles on this forever, so here's an unbiased observer's take on how I'd rank the bottom six players based on career-long demonstrated defensive ability:

bolded is Winston-Salem.

Charlie Burns

Dave Tippett
Terry Crisp
Rob Zamuner

Andre Pronovost
Lorne Henning

Buzz Boll
Dustin Brown
Jim Riley

Scott Young
Serge Bernier
Shorty Green

Surely, the responsibility of lugging the Florida Panthers to a division title didn't come exclusively from his ability to make break-out passes...
you can call it a division title if you like, because it was, but it should be said that it's possible to win a division title without actually being the best team in your division and it's also possible that the best team in a division was really only about 9th-10th best in the conference.

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