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05-06-2013, 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted by BroadwayBlues View Post
The question was related to offense and Kreider.

He said that Kreider is so focused on playing defense that he's not being himself out there.
If you're a young player playing for Tortorella, it will take awhile because you have to play defense. You can't make mistakes because you will get benched.

He was pretty much saying stuff that was said on here.

You can go to WFAN to listen to the interview.
Tortorella has made it so clear that Kreider and Miller both aren't ready. If he had it his way Kreider would've barely seen any time this year, same for Miller probably.

None of us can tell what goes on behind closed doors, but after some of their worst games, Torts didn't sound negative in talking about them, he just sounded realistic and ready to work with them.

I'm also a firm believer that good defense will result in offensive chances. Jagr's best years, he often picked peoples pockets on the backcheck. Same for Gaborik. Nash's big rushes up the ice don't start in the neutral zone. So using focus on defense for Kreider is kind of a copout to me. Are his defensive instincts so bad that he had to focus on it in Connecticut that much that his numbers suffered as badly as they did?

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