Quote Originally Posted by Ace23 View Post
It doesn't have anything to do with being a "seasoned vet" -- every one of the guys on the ice has been in hundreds, if not thousands, of end-game situations during their playing career. They should know how to defend a basic play along the boards.

I want to close out games with our best players. Defense isn't really allowed in the NHL anymore (aside from blocking shots and scrums along the boards), so play offense. Put your best hockey players on the ice and let them go make good hockey plays.

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I'm not arguing this at all.

My comment was just an attempt to point out an obvious example of of why coaches think the way they do. Not defending. Just shedding light for those who were interested.

(You are right however)