Stay at home defense is overrated. I'd rather have guys who can get to loose pucks, get them up the ice, and make plays in the neutral and offensive zones. It's better to have guys that can do something effective with the puck, than guys who clear the crease, block shots, etc. because for them to do what they're good at, you've got to be hemmed into your own zone.
I've posted this before. It's Daryl Sutter on why playing defense is overrated. It pretty much sums up how I feel about this topic.
Here are a few more good articles on the subject:
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