Torts hold everyone accountable. Gaborik has sat when the coach expected more out of him. This year, he hasn't sat because he's just been that good.
Originally Posted by Torts Kinda Guy
LOL I can't remember Jags back checking at all. I remember laughing when we were pinned in our zone, that Jags was at the offensive blue line just waiting there for the puck.
Rangers didn't played 5 men in their zone like they do now. I can't remember Rucinsky, Straka, Jagr, or the whole lot of them blocking shots or being tight to the slot. Maybe some help on the half walf is about all you'd get from the wingers and the center would come down deep, standard hockey stuff.
To me, hockey is 90% defense and 10% playmaking. But defense doesn't refer simply to defending. Defense is about making life difficult for the opposition, smart decision making and execution.
Gaborik is smart with the puck in the defensive zone.
Tough to play against doesn't have to mean hitting and grinding. Using his speed, putting pressure on the defense, being a threat that other teams have to key on. That can wear a team down just as much as grinding.
he plays on a team with Callahan. It would take a special kind of player to play on a team captained by Cally and not give max effort in all zones. So special, in fact, that we don't have one on our roster. he's not shutting anyone down, but he'll block a shot, and back-checks as well as anyone on this team not named Anisimov.
Last edited by SlingshotVv: 04-03-2012 at 06:20 PM.