Alex Galchenyuk Thread 7.0 - "Turns Rust To Gold?" Edition
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12-20-2012, 08:08 PM
Et le But
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The exact example showing how overrated defensive systems are.
The Washington Capitals came first or second in the President's Trophy race that season. They then lost in the first round of that playoffs in a 7 game-series to the same team that eventually beat a similar Pittsburgh Penguins team.
Is that an argument against the 2010 Capitals system? No. That is because winning the cup means winning 4 playoff rounds, and thus good teams and great teams will often be eliminated in the playoffs, more often than not. Yes, the Habs beat Washington when Halak was able to have a .950 save percentage or so that is not typical for him. If you build a parallel reality machine and have the 2010 Habs play the 2010 Capitals 100 times, I'm confident that Washington would win most of those rounds.
I'll then note that those same 2010 Habs were completely dominated and pulverised by the 2010 Flyers, for a simple reason: an talent vacuum at the forward position. They didn't have a Kovalev-type player anymore.
Washington was somehow then traumatized by the Habs system, and completely changed their coaching philosophy. They have been mediocre ever since. Mike Green has declined. Alexander Ovechkin has declined. They discarded Alexander Semin this summer.
We won't be able to put together an Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin line anytime soon, unless we win the lottery. But, we'll be able to put together a legitimate 1st line and 2nd line.
A team's system should fit the players.
The thing is, defense and offense are far more intertwined than given credit for. So when people say defense wins championships, the point is you can't simply look to outscore your opponent.
Unless you are talking unprecedented offensive firepower, your players aren't "too good" to be held accountable defensively. We need Galchenyuk for offense, not defense, but unless he turns into a guy who regularly puts up 100+ points, it's fair to judge him somewhat on his defense.
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