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11-18-2013, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Smoky Thompson View Post
Why not? He's a solid, big minute shut down defenseman. He has been for years now.
Because to be a top 4, a shut down d-man must bring to the table more than just shot blocking and good positionning. Physicality, nastyness, a bit of offense, ability to pass the puck to forwards in the rush, able to make at least a single move in his zone to give himself time to make a play, etc. I'm not saying he must be able to do ALL of that, but at least some. What Gorges is bringing to the game simply isn't enough, while valuable.

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