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03-12-2013, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by opendoor View Post
Iginla's problem is he's lazy about defending. He's consistently outshot and out scored when on the ice and often bails on the defensive zone to cherry pick. Though I guess he'd fit right in with AV's system of no puck support for the defense.
I disagree with this. He's not "lazy" -- he's old. But he's still an elite offensive player in the league. He just happens to never play on a line with a capable centre to compensate for his age/diminishing skillset. Put Iginla with a healthy two-way center like Kesler, or possession monsters like Crosby/The Sedins, and it eliminates his deficiencies.

To me, properly managing/coaching an NHL team should be about minimizing deficiencies as much as maximizing skillsets. Calgary just doesn't have a dynamic enough roster to do that. My 2 cents, anyway.

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