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01-30-2013, 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Heaton View Post
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.
Yes, I remember when we had god himself on our defense - the guy who was a stay-at-home defenseman and found a way to "chip in" offensively now and then.

I think he retired.

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