Thread: News Article: Habs' Diaz Impressive In Switzerland
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11-29-2012, 11:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Andy View Post
I agree with JGRB, the Emelin-Diaz pairing was quite good...and remember they were being used as a 2nd pairing and were doing quite well. They would be an excellent bottom pairing duo. The idea of Kaberle-Gorges is intriguing.



I would say what was surprised is that, given his size and the type of game he came from, that we wasn't intimidated by bigger forwards. He's not really afraid to take a hit which is important as a D man. IMO it's one of the reasons why Gorges is so effectve because he would literally take a bullet to clear the zone. Most turnovers on D come slight hesitation caused by trying to balance making a play and avoid getting hit.
They weren't very good as a 2nd pair, but they were the best one the team iced except for maybe Kaberle-Emelin. They were good enough at it though that they would have made more than an adequate 3rd pairing if that's what they were called on to do. Which is what they were probably intended on being during the off-season. Lots of things got derailed by Markov not being ready.

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