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06-13-2013, 02:20 PM
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Talks to Goalposts
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Originally Posted by Draft View Post
Nailed it.

Boston has depth but they also have several high-end players. Chicago has depth but they also have several high-end players. Pittsburgh has depth but they also have several high-end players. LA has depth but they also have several high-end players.

It's not the guys who play 8-12mins a night that win games. Ridiculous.
Its also not like the Habs depth sucked. They were quite competent in their role as defensive specialists. Which might not be ideal if your ideals for 4th liners involve violence and mayham, but to act like they weren't doing anything of value comparatively is ignoring the facts on the ground in favour of ideology.

As you get deep into the playoffs, teams ditch the grinders in favour of depth that are ok at playing hockey. They like the big guys that can get garbage goals plenty, but those guys like Bickell are legit hockey players.

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