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07-28-2013, 08:47 PM
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Originally Posted by clarke19 View Post
You can't prove that at all. You can't assume the cold streak they were on would have lasted the last 34 games.

Keith lays elbows and gets suspended sometimes, but he's not a dominating physical presence. Neither is Leddy. If Montreal had a D-man like Seabrook to take some of the defensive responsibilities, this would be a non-issue.

Diaz came back after his injury and didn't look as good as he did early on. Cut the guy some slack. He's not the real issue on defense for us. He's not a liability. He's a guy who when given medium to soft minutes, can make our forwards look really good and can clear the zone.

What we need is a guy like Orpik, Klesla, etc, but not at the expense of Diaz. More at the expense of Bouillon or Gorges if he doesn't step his game up.
The way they played in the playoffs backs up that it was more than a cold streak.

Obviously Diaz is not an immediate problem that needs to be addressed. But having an appreciation topic for him? Only on hfboards...

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