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03-15-2014, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by topchowda View Post
Now that the Oilers gt goaltending and D prospects in the pipeline, I think well be ok.
The Oilers' problems are not that their D or goaltending was/is horrible, it was that the forwards are not buying into the team D concept. It doesn't matter who the team has on the backend, if the forwards are not willing to take their defensive responsibilities seriously, the team will be out of the playoffs.

Just look at the Flames a number of years ago, they had Bouwmeester, Regehr and Phaneuf on D and Kipper in goal, and they still didn't make the playoffs. Why? Because, the offensive leaders (Iginla, Tanguay) weren't interested in playing in the defensive zone.

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