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02-05-2013, 08:17 AM
PerJohan Axelsson
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Originally Posted by Bill Ladd View Post
I think Bruins fans have been spoiled by Ray Bourque and are too hard on offensive defensemen.

If you're not a rookie, there just seems to be zero tolerance for mistakes, which is silly IMHO. Offensive defenseman can add so much to your team game. Just look at Dougie and that pass he made to Krejci for the winner against Carolina. Or the cross crease pass he made to Seguin against the Rangers that Tyler put off the bar. Or the pass he made to Marchand, that sprung Bergeron for the winner against the Islanders... Most of the guys in the league that can make those kinds of plays take risks and make mistakes. Obviously you want to minimize them, but I also think you have to accept a certain amount of errors/turnovers because at the end of the day, the Bruins have been at their best when they've had a defenseman like that on the team and producing.
100% spot on. Offensive defensemen are high risk/high reward players and they add a dimension to a team that makes the game tougher on opposing teams. Who wouldn't want that for their team??

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