Canada's Defense pairings

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  1. PapaBear*

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    What do you see as the best combos? No Nieds, no Jovocop.

    I say

    Pronger-McCabe - would be amazing together, McCabe with his skating game, and Pronger can cover for him.

    Redden-Foote - again, both very solid defensively. Redden makes up for Foote's foote speed.

    Blake-Regehr - Might not be the fastest pairing, but both rocks back there and no team will want to face these two hitting machines.

    Or if they wanted to load up the top pairing with Pronger and Blake, put McCabe on the 3rd pairing with Regehr. That would work too.
     
  2. Raging Bull

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    As long as Blake and McCabe aren't together, any combanation would be good.
     
  3. NyQuil

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    I think McCabe should be employed more as a powerplay specialist and should see bottom-pairing ice time for even-strength situations.

    Pronger-Regehr

    Redden-Blake

    Foote-McCabe

    The third pairing might be a bit slow, but I'm not sure if there's any way to avoid that.
     
  4. Lundmark17

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    I honestly saw McCabe as the 7th defensemen with Bouwmeester playing as the 6th. That's just me though.
     
  5. NyQuil

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    I would agree but I don't think it would go over well given that McCabe was on the taxi squad while Jason wasn't even on the team.
     
  6. mrpither

    mrpither If it ain't bendin' you're just pretendin'

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    maybe they could bump mccabe down due to health concerns from that devastating hit he took from aubin the other nite... :biglaugh:
    no really, they should do it.
     
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    1. Foote-Bouwmeester. A Foote-Niedermayer pairing was our best at the 2002 Olys and 2004 World Cup. Foote will prove at this tournament that he's still as good as they come. Has always saved his best for international play, a Canadian Sports Hall-of-Famer in the making. Bouwmeester will bring many of the same attributes as Niedermayer: world-class size, ability to rush the puck and make a good first pass. Maybe not as poised, polished or strong defensively as Niedermayer, but solid none-the-less.
    2. Pronger-Blake. These two have been together before. Both are big, strong and very tough. Pronger moves well for a big man, and is nearly impossible to get past in the defensive zone. Blake isn't the force he once was, but he can still set the tone with devestating open ice hits.
    3. Redden-Regehr. Potentially the steadiest pairing in the tournament. When he plays his game, Redden is one of the best. Makes a great first pass, moves the puck well, has a good shot from the point and is reliable defensively. Regehr is double-tough, plays a tough, physical game, but he's a relatively clean player, too, so he won't cause a lot of penalty problems.
    7th: McCabe. Canada can dress seven defencemen and 13 forwards in international play. McCabe is here as a power play specialist, and what a specialist he'll be. Won't get you much 5-on-5, or on the penalty kill, but he's been a force offensively all year.
     
  8. mrpither

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    there's your winner if you're 'stuck' with mccabe...
     
  9. Jimmi McJenkins

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    Yeah, but here's where he's going to play

    Pronger-Redden
    Regehr-Blake
    Foote-Bouwmeester

    McCabe
     
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    Regehr - Redden
    Blake - Pronger
    Foote - Bouwmeester

    McCabe
     
  11. shawn_kemp*

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    after all I see that Canada's defense is not THAT impressive, even on paper

    not better than the Czech or Swedish D actually

    that really surprised me :help:
     
  12. Jimmi McJenkins

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    I don't know what your smoking, but the czechs aren't close and the Sweds are just a little behind
     
  13. SillyRabbit

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    Looks good. If McCabe is dressed he should only play on the PP.
     
  14. arrbez

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    I predict:

    Pronger - Redden
    Blake - Foote
    Regehr - McCabe

    Bouwmeester

    If McCabe lives up to his doubters, Bouwmeester will take his minutes as the tourny progresses. If Blake and/or Foote live up to their doubters, I don't think anything will happen out of loyalty, etc.

    I completely agree with whoever said that we'll be fine as long as Blake and McCabe aren't paired together. They both need an anchor of sorts to bail them out on occaision
     
  15. Jimmi McJenkins

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    You sir are one hundred percent right.

    McCabe-Redden PP#1

    Pronger-Blake PP#2

    Bouwmeester-Foote#3

    McCabe is a good offensive d-man, but if he plays a regular shift Canada could be in trouble
     
  16. Big Mama*

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    McCabe - Redden first pairing

    Pronger-Reghr defensive pairing

    Blake- Foote are the third pairing.
     
  17. Crossroads*

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    With Quinn as the coach, he has a lot of faith in McCabe and will probably use him in all situations.

    Pronger - McCabe

    Redden - Foote

    Blake - Reghr

    Bouwmeester
     
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    I think it will be:

    Pronger - Blake
    Redden - Foote
    Regehr - McCabe
    Boumeester

    at the very least, these are the sides each d-man will play. Many of you are mixing them up.
     
  19. SENSible1*

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    Quinn is consistently critical of McCabe. If he had any real faith in McCabe, he would have been named to the original group.

    Bryan will be used as a PP specialist.
    Best mix I've seen so far.
     
  20. Crossroads*

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    Link?
     
  21. Big Mama*

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    He has been critical of McCabe since he came back to give the Leafs a kick in the backside. When he was injured the leafs were giving up 2 goals a game more than before his injury.

    The taxi squad was invented so the McCabe would get his just due and Gretzky-Quinn could still use their legendary loyalty to those who deserve it. And all the d-men named deserved it.
     
  22. SENSible1*

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    http://www.torontosun.com/Sports/Hockey/2006/02/01/1421069-sun.html

     
  23. SENSible1*

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    He's been critical because McCabe's play merited it.
     
  24. Crossroads*

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  25. SENSible1*

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    Crossroads,

    When the president of the McCabe fan club (Big Mamma) admits that I'm painting an accurate picture, I feel no need to produce more quotes.

    If you have been following the team and listening to Quinn's interviews, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
     
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