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11-22-2012, 05:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Czech Your Math View Post
Espo isn't the only offensive superstar to not give a full defensive effort at times, but it doesn't seem like he had superior possession skills to offset that lack of defense. There may still be more questions than answers...
... your on the right track there. Fact of the matter is, Phil was a pretty much one dimensional player. He knew it, his Coaches knew it, so he played to his strengths. Thats not "bashing" the guy, those are simply the facts, thats the truth. If you were around during his era, impossible not to watch him, as he was parked right in front of the net. He simply wasnt a fancy playmaker nor was he a great skater, had some defensive shortcomings, knew it, and that wasnt his job. His office was located on the top of the crease.

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