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02-20-2013, 11:16 AM
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Kjell Dahlin
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Originally Posted by Carey Price View Post
Rafalski was 5'8", not 5'10" but point still applies, wouldn't cut it on HF though...

Not big and doesn't fight...PASS!
Regarding the bolded part...

I do consider Diaz as a keeper but, in the current thread, I did wish for a bigger D squad so I felt the need to reply to your “jab”!

I really like the mix and depth of players upfront and in goal, Price is Price. However I am not ready yet to label this team as a legit Contender... are you?

Personally I think that a top 4 that includes Markov, Gorges and Diaz seriously lacks, to be well balanced (it is a question of balance; I am not nitpicking at Diaz specifically here), size and toughness. Our record against the NE is 2-4-1 and I think it’s one of the reasons. As I mentioned, the sample size sure is small though.

Long story short, the day Diaz plays on the 3rd pairing (with 1st PP wave duties + 2nd wave PK duties) and his top 4 minutes are given to a bigger and tougher D, will be the day this team becomes a freakin’ legit Contender.

That said... finding a tough and big top 4 D sure isn’t an easy task so I am willing to wait for Tinordi!


PS if I remember correctly, Rafalski was paired with Scott Stevens in NJ right? Key word: balance.

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