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06-21-2013, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by 94now View Post
I find it somewhat ridiculous when Slats talks about playing more offensive puck possession hockey, while his coach states Rangers will get better players. Stick to your jobs, fellas!!
The issue being that AV will need more offensive talent to play a more aggressive game. Canucks were a very agressive team in 2011 when they went to the SCF; they would blow the zone before the puck was cleared and defensemen would regularly step up at the defensive blue line which would lead to a lot of odd-man rushes going both ways. Since then however, Canucks have maintained an aggressive forecheck (they have a wealth of D who can contribute to offense) but are much more conservative in their own end of the ice. Bottom line is that AV will adapt to a more conservative style to get the most out of his team just as any good coach would do.

Congrats to the Rangers for signing a great coach, though!

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