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02-12-2013, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by pld459666 View Post
No he's not.

What he is saying is that another way of playing a sound defensive game is the keep the puck in the other end of the rink.

When Boyle is out there, the puck, more often than not, gets pinned in our end forcing us to scramble to play defence and block more shots than we should have to.

There's alot of merit to the saying "a Key to a good defence, is a good offence"
Yes, he is. Not every line on a team is going to be a top line like that Jagr one was. It's completely impossible. You need guys who are very defensively responsible to make cup runs. Boyle is one of those types of players.

You can't say, well, Rick Nash is great with +/- because he's always got the puck in the offensive zone. That's awesome and very true, thing is, not every line on your team can have a rick nash, or an MVP caliber Jagr. Especially in the cap world we live in now, you need cheap, valuable bottom line forwards who can be strong defensively and penalty kill, take faceoffs, etc to go deep in the playoffs.

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