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11-11-2012, 08:37 PM
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Originally Posted by kemisti View Post
Checked out and LA picked Jeff Tambellini with that pick; next pick was Corey Perry and couple of picks later went Loui Eriksson; just interesting.
Schneider was a decent stopgap. But he was always weak defensively and when we got him, his skating was an issue.
The upgrade in speed we got with Rafalski and Stuart was one of the main reasons for our success, IMO.
It's really quite amazing that our team was as good as it was when you look at our defense.
But really, the Red Wings' great defensive forwards and coaching that stresses defense-first made Detroit a nice place for old defensemen to come retire.
Too often, though, the defensive weaknesses were exposed in the playoffs.

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