While much of the Senators world is buzzing because Daniel Alfredsson skated for the first time since undergoing back surgery, an under-the-radar article written about David Rundblad by Jonas Falhman has slowly been making the rounds on the Interwebs.
Nice find from the 6thSens with SteffeG chipping in with translation.
CPM, I encourage ya to spin this however you want. :-)
There's some nuance there that's needed I think. He's saying he'll never play like a Chris Phillips. When he's in the defensive zone he'll play defense and he'll do his best but he is an offensive defenseman and that's the style of play he'll stick to.
Like he said he will try to go for complicated solutions and high-risk plays. Kinda like Karlsson where he'll deke a checker as the last man back to pull off an outlet pass instead of doing a really safe 10 foot pass. There is a difference between a two-way defender and an offensive defenseman that goes beyond "being strong in your own zone".
He's also being humble saying that even then his play in his own zone is not his strength nor the center of his talent. The way Dorion talks about him I think he sees eye-to-eye with management.
I don't see what all the fuss i about. he is merely telling people that his defensive game will never be his best strength. he points out that his creativity and offence are going to be his trademarks which are true.
i really like that he is totally open to going to bingo to improve his game if need be. I think 20 games down there will do him wonders...
Geez, I hope he doesn't play like Phillips has the past few yrs he has been terrible, still don't understand resigning him. I hope Rundblad continues to do what got him here & won him the Salming Trophy to be the best offensive defenceman he can be in the NHL. He can't be worse than Karlsson defensively & the good news is that defence can be taught, great offensive skill like these two have comes naturally. I think in time both will be okay defensively & hopefully great offensively which should make up the difference.