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02-13-2013, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by GFORCE View Post
What is all that more concerning, is that there is a tendency when you'e looking at the last 2 Cup champs.


Los Angeles:

There are a lot of similarities there. One dominant defenseman, with 3 others d-men in each team who play a tough and gritty game (Ference/McQuaid/Boychuk vs Scuderi/Greene/Mitchell) within their limits. Most of these 6 are imposing and big d-men, that while not the best to move the puck up, will clear the crease and play the body on their opponents. Both teams then had a defenseman that is also capable of moving the puck, playing sheltered minutes (Voynov - Kaberle).

And while nobody think of them as a relevant team this year, the Leafs look like they are taking a page out of these teams' book, playing guys like Holzer, Franson and Fraser. Of course, Phaneuf is no Doughty, neither is he in the same class as Chara. But their size and physicality back there make them very hard to play against.

Here, we have guys like Gorges, Kaberle, Diaz, Markov, Weber... We need a different mix. Now, Gorges and Markov are keepers IMO, as both can be useful in a championship team. But Diaz shouldn't play a much bigger role than a guy like Voynov or Kaberle in a Cup winning team. And Gorges can be one of our guys who play a specific role for us. But Kaberle and Diaz offer absolutely no ingredient that a winning team would need, as the trend is clearly about acquiring tough to play against d-men. This is the kind of depth we need. Not guys like Weber and Kaberle.
These big d-men are hard to get in a trade. Not long time ago, we had Gill, Hamrlik, Mara, O'Byrne, Komisarek.......

I think we will have to wait until Tinordi, Dietz, Thrower, Beaulieu, Ellis or Pateryn are ready.

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