Do We Need a More Defensive System?
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05-01-2013, 04:41 PM
Thank You Hinkie!
Join Date: May 2010
Interesting quote on implementation of the layered D
Injuries on the defensive end didn't help - Nick Grossmann, Andrej Meszaros, and Braydon Coburn missed a combined 70 games - and the puck seemed to stick around the Flyers' net way too long. Bryzgalov got a little better at distributing it ....but Laviolette's vision of "layered" defense usually just lay there.
"Our 'D' zone was trying to be like a couple of other teams in our division. We're not used to that system," winger Scott Hartnell told reporters. "We were an attack-oriented team. It seemed like . . . everyone was standing still . . . and we couldn't get much going from the defensive zone."
That's an exacta of finger-pointing right there, putting the blame on the system and its implementation as well as on the other end of the ice. He might be right, too, but in other years just that much locker room dissension was enough to create a real stir. Not this time.
"I think sometimes players tend to overthink these things," Holmgren said calmly.
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