Even so, I don't think it's unreasonable to expect your second defensive pair to BOTH play defense AND contribute to offense. Provided, of course, that "winning the game" and "not losing the game" are Quincey's quote is synonymous with playing offense and defense respectively.
In general from the second pairing, I totally agree. But if we're specifically talking about Quincey and Dekeyser, I think not costing the team the game is the better focus.
Dekeyser has been doing great but is still growing into his role, and honestly hasn't shown a lot of offensive flashes. For Quincey, this is the most consistent hockey I've seen him play in a long time so I'm happy for him to keep doing whatever he's been doing.
And it's still just a single quote from Quincey. Who knows if they get that hammered into their skulls every game, or after a shift where one of them tried to jump into the play and got burned, one of the coaches got in their ear.
Extrapolating that one quote to a mindset or philosophy that's causing players not to make plays seems like confirmation bias to me.
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