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01-30-2013, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by SoupGuru View Post
Yes, we need more offensive defensemen.

What we need are forwards that can score goals and defensemen that can keep the puck out of our own net. Back when the Wings could outspend every other team we could afford goal scorers that were also good defensively and really good defensemen that were also good offensively.

Now it seems we mostly have average goal scorers that are average defensively and average defenders that are have average offensive capabilities. We're average.

I say get above average goal scorers and above average defenders.
The Wings are sorely missing elite offensive defensemen. Back when the Wings won the cup their offense started from Lidstrom, Rafalski and Kronwall. On the PP the reason it was so effective was because these guys could set up plays that other defensemen couldn't. Rafalski and Lidstrom could get the puck in certain situations that allowed great scoring chances. Sure, Datsyuk and Z made a ton of plays and were the catalyst for the forwards, but without the entire unit working together the way it did it didn't matter who was on offense if the puck wasn't moving up as quickly out of the zone and back to offense through transition.

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