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04-30-2013, 07:45 PM
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Do We Need a More Defensive System?

What do you guys think about the kind of system that we have been using under Laviolette for the past 4 seasons? Lavy notoriously employs a run-and-gun system that (usually) promotes high offensive output, but leaves our defense and goaltenders vulnerable. While this system is undoubtedly exciting, I have begun to think that it doesn't very well suit our current roster. Bryzgalov, for one, excelled in Phoenix under Tippett's more defensive system, but has been a fish out of water here in Philadelphia.

In his final press conference, Lavy said that this year the only change he made to his system was to add "an additional layer of defense" to our coverage in our own zone. It was pretty clear that this didn't help prevent very many goals; and it may have even contributed to our difficulties scoring (though of course losing JVR and Jagr had plenty to do with that as well).

Given the shortage of talent on defense and our obvious troubles keeping the puck out of our own net, do you think we need to begin using a more defensive system? If so, is Peter Laviolette the right man for employing a new system? So what do you think we should and/or will do?

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