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09-25-2013, 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Monctonscout View Post
This is where coaches and GM's understand the game and a ton of posters have no clue.

Being a good defensive defenseman isn't just about being a big neanderthal that beats the crap out of everybody in front of the net. Sure, it's nice to have one of those guys but if you have too many you end up spending most of the night in your end.
Many define defense as being stuck in your own end defending, which may be true in a semantic argument, but it's counter-productive to winning. Keeping the puck moving in the opposite direction is the best defense there is. A guy or two to throw big hits and clear the net is all that's needed.

Transitional play, now more than ever is vital to success. A markov at 80-90% made all the difference in the world last year, Many posters don't appreciate his impact and won't until he's gone again.

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