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01-05-2013, 10:45 AM
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Holdurbreathe
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Last year's defence was way better than the current Cowen and Kuba-less edition (not to mention a declining Gonchar + Phillips, as well as a Karlsson who will almost certainly not match last year's heights).
I respectfully disagree.

First, the declining stuff needs to be put where it belongs, round file "G". For example, Gonchar was just named to the KHL All-Star team, so his decline doesn't appear to be as imminent as you believe.

Cowen is definitely a loss, however he played most of last season in the #5 spot, a role Phillips could more than adequately perform.

First pairing, Methot will be the replacement for Kuba, and while not as offensively skilled will bring more balance to the first pairing.

Second pairing, Wiercoich will get the opportunity in place of Cowen. While PW won't be as physical, he is solid defensively and possesses more offensive skill.

Third pairing, Phillips and Lundin/Boro/Gryba. Any of these combinations are as good or better than last year's 5/6.

Are there question marks, absolutely. However this version of the D is faster, more mobile, and is more balanced IMO.

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