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06-09-2013, 06:15 PM
Dennis Bonvie
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Originally Posted by Mike Farkas View Post
They've evolved in recent times along with the position of goaltender. The proliferation of defense and goaltending is the reaction to the offense-happy 70's and 80's. This is the reflex back. The evolution of goaltender (all encompassing) is a little more obvious. The evolution and changes of defensive tactics are, obviously, a little less obvious.

Spikes are occurring when new defensive schemes meet quality rosters (especially defenses) meet disciplined coaches that demand a lot from their players. Fortunately or unfortunately, this type of coach has a short shelf life usually.

Look at Ken Hitchcock with Brian Elliott. Dave Tippett with Mike Smith recently.

Only sustainable if adjustments are made and/or players actually enjoy the stifling lack of creativity, etc.
Is it correct to say that Lundqvist won his Vezina when he had exactly that kind of coach?

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