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06-20-2013, 02:02 AM
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eco's bones
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Dump ins are fine if you have a team that forechecks well. The 2011-12 team forechecked well. They would very often get to the puck first or be on top of the others team defense so fast that they were forcing them to make mistakes. Sather's puck possession argument is a crock. The bigger problem is he got nobody worthwhile to replace Dubinsky, Anisimov, Prust and Fedetenko. He got his shiny piece in Nash and then his other shiny piece (maybe more Torts's fault here) Richards **** the bed.

Rolling 4 lines is an important thing and when your third and fourth lines can hold their own and maintain the team's momentum then your team is going to do well. Last year's third and fourth lines were a disaster almost from the beginning. There's too much age and not enough skating. The forecheck game of 2011-12 pretty much disappeared. Slats can talk about puck possession all he wants--a good team has to be good at that too but there are at least several other variables of equal importance.

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