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08-21-2013, 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Panda Bear View Post

"In our own zone I think we’re going to probably move at least somewhat to a swarm system or a collapse system where we really choke people out when the opportunity presents itself to do so, which I think makes puck-moving defencemen feel a lot more comfortable about the defensive game when they have support at all times." - Steve Smith

"If the puck happens to be stalled in the corner, the first defenceman going into the corner is on one side of the puck carrier, the centreman is on the other side of the puck carrier, the third defenceman is waiting in the wings in case of any breakdown, the winger has come down the wall and helped out and the fifth guy has come right over into that corner and is pretty darn close as well. The difficulty of what we had done in the past was just guys not buying into it and so we got away from it pretty quickly. Dallas really believes that it’s something we’ll be able to do and we’ll get through quickly… this is just not giving anybody time and space to breathe at all."

This is amazing news. That is how you play team defence with a mobile team rather than a physical team.
Maybe this is getting at what MacT said his reasons for deciding to let Kruger were. MacT and Eakins agreed on this fundamental change in defensive zone coverage and Krueger couldn't.

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