Pretty much explains itself. What's not to understand?
A puck moving defensemen can make a good first pass out of the defensive zone feeding it to the forwards moving out, starting a rush up the ice or hit players in stride breaking up ice from his own defensive end (especially since there's no two line pass rule and the Devils have players like Parise and Kovalchuk who this fits). He can also move the puck himself out of his zone by skating it out and joining the attack up ice. Hence, "puck moving".
Tallinder is not Paul Martin in terms of the above, even though Martin never seemed to use that skill set often enough (the goal on Retro Night is an example of what Martin can do, but never did/tried enough). Tallinder, IMO, is a smarter player who will probably make less mistakes with the puck clearing it and making passes in his own zone and he'll make a good first pass out. If he's signed to jump start rushes out of the zone or to join the play, this will be a total bust.
because i think the concept is overrated, especially with someone like kaberle, who advanced stats don't think is really anything better than average at even strength. i shouldn't've been so coy in pretending ignorance about the phrase, but i hate the concept. people like lidstrom get lumped in with jokers like gonchar - it's not descriptive enough for me. anyway.
martin was an excellent defender at even strength, but it's not because of his ability to jump into the play - he didn't do it often enough because he wasn't good enough at it. i'd quibble w/ the goal on retro night since it was the result of A: a bad line change and B: poor goaltending but i'll agree that it's an aggressive chance that martin rarely takes. that's why lou considers tallinder a martin replacement - because martin really wasn't on the puck in the neutral zone or jump starting rushes all that often.
Tri, I'm not concerned about the defensive zone too much as I am about the offensive zone. We need a defender who's adept at creating offense in the zone, whether it be from the point or jumping up in the play when we need the extra bump.
that's fair. i think the devils should do what they did in 03 - match up kovalchuk with one of taormina/eckford/corrente and try to start them against weak competition (i don't think this last part worked wrt elias/gomez/marshall in 03, but the point still stands). corrente isn't a 'puck moving defenseman' but he's got some offensive chops and at least the game i saw him at the rock, he was not afraid to start rushes out of his own zone.
Martin's offensive capabilities are quite overrated. He gets played 24-25min per night and is specifically relied upon and given every opportunity to produce offense (PP time, etc). Even with that, he can only be relied upon to produce ~30 points per season. So let's be realistic here - Martin is not some offensive juggernaut. I believe Greene can continue to produce offensively, and if Urbom pans out, he has some pretty high offensive upside as well.
On the other hand, Volchenkov's ability to block shots and lay some pounding hits on the opposing team's top players are leagues beyond anything Martin contributes on the defensive side of things. Coupled with Tallinder's respectable, if not great, offensive capabilities, and our defense is much improved.
i don't think urbom has high offensive upside, but that's neither here nor there. martin wasn't very good on the power play.
when i think of offense, now i think of the ability to control territory. this was where martin was excellent, even if his scoring stats never looked great. i think tallinder is a step down but he has similar abilities. volchenkov will probably do well if he's on the ice a lot w/ zajac and parise.