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05-31-2006, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Teufelsdreck
Speed wasn't as big an advantage in the "old NHL" as it is now. Players like Gionta and Briere can now romp like gazelles and thereby increase their scoring dramatically, but Ribeiro can't. The importance of speed in the "new NHL" also applies to fast Dmen. Slow forwards now have less room in which to operate against fast Dmen. This is one of the changed circumstances that may help explain Ribeiro's diminished scoring.
Hmm no, not many Dmen aren't going to get out of position and go after someone. If they do they'll get caught with their backs against the play.

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