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05-10-2013, 12:03 PM
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Son Oncle Jerry
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Originally Posted by Monctonscout View Post
That's not saying much, until Emelin's injury the defense was the top scoring one in the NHL and allowing one of the lowest SOG per game.

Some people seriously need to watch other teams play. Watch the Toronto defense, watch the Pens defense(Niskanen + Eaton + Murray!) or the Islanders defense(Strait #4 in minutes!!!). If you think Gorges is bad, go watch NYR with Stralman with #3 minutes or Phaneuf making 6.5 mil, Fraser or Kostka playing key minutes.

There is A LOT more to playing defense than putting somebody on their ass in the slot, otherwise guys like K.McLaren and Commodore would still be in the NHL.
You are still incredibly biased.
Niskanen is not a bad D, and Murray still would be our #1 goal scorer if he was on our team for the playoffs. And they still got Letang, Orpik and Martin in front of them.

In Toronto, you have Phaneuf, then a bunch of guys (#2,3,4,5) playing around the same. After that, you got a guy like Fraser who's the clear-cut #6. Then again, Toronto has a diversified D with several key ingredients. Key ingredients, I repeat, that Gorges just won't bring.

In NYR, Stralman has been playing #5 minutes all year long, they're just re-adapting Staal after a long injury.

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