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02-05-2014, 05:12 PM
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Odd Obsession

Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post
One thing the 1972 did better than Yzerman and the braintrust for 2014 was not obsess over right hand and left hand shots. Maybe that wasn't intentional, but Bill White was the only defenseman that shot right. They seemed to have done well without that silly balance. As did the 1976 Canada Cup team (Orr, Robinson, Savard, Lapointe, Potvin).

To be honest, other than J-C Tremblay there weren't any other big omissions on defense. Laperierre would have been there of course. But our defense was pretty good still. Orr being in there would have just enhanced it.


I really liked Bergman in that tournament and I wouldn't have replaced him.
That odd obsession is precisely the point of this thread. There has always been an imbalance of many more, and better, defensemen who are left-handed. I wanted visitors to this thread to see how that obsession would have affected the blueline corps in 1972.

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