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02-12-2013, 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by SnowblindNYR View Post
There are a lot of players that are a lot better than Boyle that aren't nearly as good as him defensively. Besides he doesn't have to be better than Boyle defensively. If his line is in the other team's zone rather than what Boyle likes to do (be pinned in his zone and block a ton of shots) it's as good or better defensively than what Boyle does.
Every team has shutdown guys that aren't out there to produce offense. They are vital to success. Not every line can be built to be an offensive machine. Having a Boyle type, shutdown guy, on the 4th line, who can not only be a non-liability against other teams top players, but an actual defensive asset, cannot be understated, especially on a cup contender.

I realize offense is much more exciting and flashy, but successful overall teams need to have good role players like boyle to win it all.

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