Do you fire Laviolette? (Philadelphia Daily News article dated March 12, 2013)
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01-31-2013, 12:02 PM
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What is with the obsession with Shea Weber? How many cups did he win? How many conference championships has he been to? If all that was required to win a Stanley Cup was "#1 defenseman", Nashville must have won the last three Stanley Cups with two #1 defensemen and an all world goalie, which is normally the fans' obsession.
It is not the only thing you need, but it certainly seems like #1 defenseman is a requirement...
LA had Doughty last year
Bruins had Chara the year before
Blackhawks had Keith
Pens had Gonchar who at the time was probably borderline #1
Red Wings had Lidstrom for their multiple
Ducks had Pronger (and Neids)
Devils had Stevens when they won their multiple
Lightning had Dan Boyle
The Avs had Ray Borque
I could keep going. The only team that I can remember that didn't have a true #1 is Carolina and that's just because I can't remember anyone on that team. There could have been someone or maybe not, don't remember. Even if you don't consider Gonchar a true #1 on the Pens, that is two out of the last whatever and if you go back further I am sure you will find a true #1 on nearly every cup winning team in the last 20 years or more. Getting Weber would not guarantee anything, but it is pretty clear that having a true #1 isn't just some weird coincidence shared by all these Cup winning teams...
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