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02-18-2013, 07:34 AM
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Dan Boyle, early in his career, I thought was rather porous defensively...kind of an adventurer. His gaining more ice time (I have no idea what the numbers look like though) later in his career was a result of his tightening up on defense. He made himself into a very serviceable top pairing defenseman and despite his size, really improved his play in his own end. Something that Gonchar never really did...he was passable, but never really embraced it. Gonchar remained very soft throughout his career, extremely passive. Intelligent, yes.

Weber, I think we're seeing the same thing with...I thought he was pretty immature defensively in Nashville up through last season...maybe full well knowing that he had who he had as a partner and could chase hits a little more and jump into the action a little more...I never saw him as elite defensively in Nashville to be honest, which is kind of a minority opinion I think. This year, I think he's making great strides defensively and it's just a matter that the forwards on this Nashville team simply cannot convert. The stats are not an indictment of Weber, if anything, I think he's improving.

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