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01-25-2013, 01:01 AM
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The "puck-moving defense" theory...

One of the biggest problems this team has had is the incorrect theory that your defense should be highly mobile, and that being able to exit the zone fast and efficiently means your backline should be full of "mobile puck movers"

In my opinion, it's one of the biggest flaws the team has. Our defense is pillowy soft and relies on positioning and plays with no edge.

Other teams forwards aren't punished in our zone, they get free reign around our net, and never pay a price for driving to the front.

It's important to have guys back there to jumpstart the rush and make smart puck decisions...but there's far too many of that type of player back there. And I also believe it's why Myers is trying to be something he's not, and his head isn't in the right place.

Leopold, Ehrhoff, Sekera, and Myers are interchangable. They're all the same type of player, and they all eat a ton of minutes back there.

For this team to truly turn the corner, the organization needs to drop this "puck moving" defense philosophy and add some grit back there as well. Regehr isn't getting any younger, and there's not much sandpaper on the back end in the pipeline. In fact, aside from McNabb - out best two prospects on D are more of the same.

This idea worked post-lockout, but it hasn't worked in the past few years as the game has changed again...time for R&R to catch up to this and realize it's the biggest roster flaw there is.

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