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01-02-2004, 12:56 PM
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Laches
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Actually, I don't think TB is misreading anything. Poti's comments suggest that an attitude that "hey, I'm an offenseman, so defense isn't something I should to worry about or hear about". Nobody is asking him to be a physical presence. He's never going to be, and you don't have to be one to be an effective defender. He's simply being asked to lay a body on someone from time to time and not get caught out of position every other shift. Zubov isn't a heavy hitter or a crease-clearer, but he's competent enough on D that he isn't a liability, and thus whatever shortcomings he has on D are far outweighed by what he can do offensively. With Poti, that's too often not the case. For every play Poti makes that creates a scoring chance for the Rangers, he makes two glaring defensive gaffes that result in scoring chances against the Rangers. As long as that continues, he's going to hear about his play in his own end, and he should.

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