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10-30-2013, 01:33 PM
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You need the personnel necessary to make a good checking line before you can deploy a checking line. We have Boyd Gordon and a bunch of defensively inept wingers...Who would you suggest make up this checking line you talk of? I've heard this suggestion Perron-Gordon-Hemsky.....Not sure in what universe this is a checking line....
Checkers aren't born that way. They're players who are asked to do a job, they make a commitment to doing that job and they figure out how to do it.
Some of the best checkers in the league were drafted as scorers. In fact, we've seen a few come through EDM over the years and we can look over the league and find all different shapes & sizes of checking players.
There is no good reason why we can't get 2 fricking wingers in a network of however many we have between the big clubs roster & the AHL roster to do this job.
And its almost a moot point because I insist...having a checking line is just one small part of being a decent all around defensive team (which we are a far cry from at this point).
Several top line fwds & D-Men on this team have a TERRIBLE approach to the game which blatantly places far more focus, energy and pride onto the goal scoring aspect than the defensive side of the game.
Run & gun is a nice way of describing a STUPID & FUTILE way to play this game. Lars Eller put it into perspective last week and while it might have inspired the fellas' to win ONE game...it clearly hasn't caused them to collectively review the way they want to play the game.
Until they ALL get off this wild runaway, ego driven attempt to score high light real goals every time they get NEAR the puck...the same problems are going to continue costing in the win column.
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