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02-12-2013, 12:26 PM
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Puck possession is fine, but that's not what he was arguing and if it was, then he did it in extremely poor fashion. You can't go comparing one of the best players to ever play the game and the guy who had arguably the greatest regular season as a ranger ever, to brian boyle. They play completely different roles.

Again, you need guys to be those defensive, non liability cogs on the bottom lines to succeed. We've seen it every year in the playoffs.

Putting Boyle out there against a Malkin/Crosby, allows Nash/Gaborik to go up against lesser offensive lines meaning they can pin other teams in there defensive zone.

It makes sense if you think about it. Boyle is very good defensively, he goes up against Malkin on a shift and shuts him down (but doesn't produce offensively obviously). The next shift, Nash goes out against Sutter (Pittsburghs version of boyle) and scores a goal. Therefore, even though boyle didn't score, he shut down and allowed our offensive guys to gain the upper edge.

Is it that hard to understand that not every guy on the team is meant to provide offense, even at a minimal level. Boyle is a defensive specialist who will chip in offensively here and there. 20-30 points a year. That's really good for a 4th line center on a contending team.
I agree that the team is better off is someone other than your top guns can go out and play against the other teams' best players. We have that guy, Jeff Halpern. Boyle is a defensive specialist because his offense is so bad not because his defense is so good. His existence has been largely due to necessity based on our roster and his personal relationship with the coach. It seems like the necessity and the teacher's pet days are behind us. And the team will be better because of it.

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