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12-18-2012, 07:26 PM
Mike Farkas
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Coaching and team-building should be major factors. You can build a good defensive club with a good tactician and get away with having a relatively weak goalie - look no further than our recent Stanley Cup Finals:
2006 finalist - Roloson - journeyman behind Pronger
2007 finalists - Giguere - fraudulent goaltender behind defensive system/unsportsmanlike equipment/Pronger vs. Emery - fringe NHLer
2008 and 09 finalists - Osgood - just about always the weakest link behind Lidstrom. Fleury - flashes of brilliance, flashes of wtf-ness...
2010 finalists - Niemi: low-tier starter who played poorly in the series; Leighton - career minor leaguer who played worse...behind Pronger
2011 - career journeyman Thomas behind defensive system/Chara

If these games take place with today's rules and today's equipment and today's coach's game - you can build something and stick anyone behind it and it'll probably work out...but you really have to build a defensive squad and unfortunately (or fortunately) coaching tactics don't seem to weigh too heavily.

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