Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/10/07 at 11:52 AM ET
from Mark Spector of the National Post via Canada.com,
It can’t be good news for a 37-year-old defenceman with a lot of miles under the hood, whose strengths are just not the priority they once were. The fact that Marchment was plus-8 in 37 games for Calgary last season—and plus-51 over the last five seasons—wasn’t enough to make his phone to ring this past fall. It seems the old Chicago Stadium break-out pass—off the glass and out—just isn’t worth what it was years ago….
It wasn’t so long ago that when a team found itself giving up too many goals, the GM went out looking for a solid, stay-at-home guy. A defenceman who could “settle things down back there.” Now the solution is to find a guy who can transport the puck out of the defensive zone—by pass or rush. It makes sense, assuming our little transporter can gain possession of the puck in the first place.
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