Number 1 defense-man needed
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01-06-2013, 08:36 PM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Originally Posted by
dave babych returns
Letang was 5th on the Penguins blueline in ice time in those playoffs.
Sergei Gonchar led that team in ice time and I wouldn't say he is the mythical, bona fide #1 guy people are looking for.
Look at the Flyers, they went all in to get Pronger and now that his career is all but over they are completely screwed along the blueline. They got bent over acquiring a solid young defender and have a couple of other solid young guys (Franson and Meszaros) and then a collection of journeymen filling out the ranks. (I'm not counting Timonen as he's said he may retire).
Both the Flyers current defense and the Pens defense that yr they won Cup remind me of the current Nucks defense.
Defense by committee, four or five good Dmen (possibly number two's) but no clear number 1.
Flyers: an old slower Timonen, Meszaros, Coburn, Schenn, Grossman....
Can anyone say those are 'bad Dmen'? Nope.
Can anyone call them superstars? Timo may have been , but not anymore.
Very similar to Vancouver.
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