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07-03-2013, 02:59 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Danbury, CT
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Don't think anyone on D are crease-cleaners. Maybe Staal if healthy. Will be interesting to see what Samuelsson does.
they may have been asked not to play that way.
I think G and McD CAN be crease clearers Staal along with Falk and McIlrath as well.
They have the ability and frame to DO the job. But I think it may have been a coaching philosophy that asked them not to play that way.
I think that a part of that may have been the fact that we had a former center coaching our Defence.
You and I both know that when you are doing that job, you sometimes eliminate both the opposing forward and yourself from position when clearing the crease.
Torts was all about maintaining position in the defensive zone which is why the forwards never moved out to the point-men.
I do agree that these guys are not the meanest toughest SOB's to ever lace up a skate, but you don't have to be to be an effective crease clearer.
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