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01-06-2008, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by eco's bones View Post
Agree. Very bad form on Malik's part but Strudwick is not a good player. I think at this point someone like Staal has learned just about everything about being a good teammate that Jason has to offer. I think the Rangers overrate sometimes what they would call good character in players who just aren't that good--Strudwick, Orr, Hollweg, Weekes, Valiquette etc. Kasper could have fallen into the same category but for some reason they dumped him pretty quick.

I've had about enough of both Malik and Strudwick but the Rangers don't seem to have a lot of options at the moment. Baranka is out--don't know for how long. Sauer has been inconsistent. Potter has a nice +/- but I seem to hear a lot of negatives. Hutchinson just doesn't seem to be that good defensively and Pock would have to pass through waivers.
Problem is Malik thinks he's better then he really is! If the only time I'd ever seen Malik play would be this season then I would say he's a #5 or #6 guy at best. Sure he's an upgrade over Struds but has he really been that much better?

Against a team like Edmonton that skates, skates, skates and with Malik being slow, slow, slow the benching made sense. Sure it would be best for both parties if he got traded -- thanks to his wonderful play I'm not sure there is much of a market for him.

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