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10-20-2013, 04:15 PM
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Miscommunication has been a major problem on defense. Whether it be between the defensemen, Lundqvist, or the forwards, at least once a game there is blown coverage because the players are not on the same page and are not alerting each other to where they are on the ice.
If they aren't going to communicate with each other, then this system, which relies heavily on quick decision-making in our own zone, will not work at all. It's unbelievable how dumb these players are sometimes and how slow they are to adjust.
I'm going to go out on a limb, and say that these defensemen who, for the most part have been sensational for years under Torts, aren't actually dumb. And that adjusting to a very different defensive system is extremely difficult, even for star NHL players.
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