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03-01-2013, 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Guru Meditation View Post
I think Babcock is terrified of having forwards that are weak defensively because he knows the defense itself is weak defensively also. Somebody on the ice has to be responsible, and it looks like it'll have to be the forward group.

I don't really agree with that, but I think that's the idea.
But the problem I have with that is Tatar hasn't shown to be a defensive liability. He's young so he's still got growth without the puck, but so did Brunner. Holmstrom, Datsyuk's most frequent linemate over the years, was typically the worst forward on the team defensively.

In addition, it's not like Cleary and Abdelkader are Selke caliber defensive forwards. Just because you're blue collar doesn't mean you're effective. In fact, you can pretty much count on at least one defensive zone turnover per game when it comes to them, and Cleary has been terrible at turning the puck over at the offensive zone blueline which creates easy transition.

I think Babcock is simply over thinking the move.

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