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07-10-2013, 01:28 AM
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Douglas Murray might be the partner Edler needs, in Vancouver. Foot Speed is less of a problem if you don't need to do offensive stuff, Edler can do all that and Murray can trail the play as a safety valve/rearguard type.
Just to be clear, you cannot put this player on a top pairing (assuming Edler is on the top pairing). There will be stray offensive stars that Murray will be effective against (Perry might be one, for instance), but somebody like Taylor Hall would scorch him every single shift (as long as he keeps his head up).
Also, he doesn't really do the safety vale thing well at all. If Edler took a chance and left Murray as the last guy back, good chance he gets dusted on the 2 on 1. Way it worked in Pittsburgh is that Niskanen was a
safety valve for Murray
. If Murray couldn't get to where he needed to be, Nisky had to go there while Murray just patrolled the crease and got into shooting lanes.
Like I said, Murray's still got some tools, but they're very, very specialized and you need to go out of your way to mask his weaknesses.
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