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01-22-2013, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Mystlyfe View Post
Volchenkov would have been an ideal fit for a Hunter coached team. He's great if you're collapsing to the net and playing a stifling, shot blocking, keep the puck out of the danger zones-type defense. But in the more up-tempo, aggressive, transition-and-forechecking type of game that Oates seems to want to run, Volchenkov's lack of mobility becomes a liability. The dude looks like a pylon in these types of systems, and is awful in transition.

Would rather target Tallinder than Volchenkov.
You can make Volchenkov work on the caps. Kings made Matt Greene and Rob Scuderi work. Red Wings made Brad Stuart work. Sharks made Douglass Murray work, especially in the playoffs when they all thought he was god.

His lack of mobility is a problem if you want him to pinch. If you want him to pinch, then you're an idiot. If you tell him to play conservative and not worry about offense he can defend as well as anybody. Though Oates had Schultz pinching so who knows, hey may well be an idiot (or perhaps a coach learning what his players are capable of).

Tallinder is another Poti/Hamrlik. He's good but he doesn't make our defense particularly more well-rounded. It's still the softest defense in the league.

Volchenkov would be far and away our best hitter, far and away our best shotblocker, absolute warrior and could probably develop a Tyutin-Nikitin thing with Orlov. Have Orlov pinch for two, Volchenkov stay back for two, and each could hit for two as well.

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