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11-14-2012, 01:51 PM
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This, 'OMG! He played defense' nonsense is gettting crazy overblown.
Fedorov MAYBE played 500 minutes as a defenseman. Maybe.
You know who Scotty Bowman actually did trust to pivot on a consistent basis between forward and defense? Mathieu Dandenault.
Dandenault was moved to defense because he had a ton of speed and wasn't good enough to crack the scoring lines, but wouldn't have fit in the bottom six. The Wings needed speed on the blueline at the time; aside from Lidstrom and Eriksson (who was traded at the end of the season), the only defenseman with any speed at the time was Yan Golubovsky. Jiri Fischer (faster than Dandenault) would play his rookie year the next season, but that doesn't help at the time.
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