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07-02-2008, 11:30 AM
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: In my food garden.
And I am one (of the few?) who would rather play Bäckman than Mara. No, not because he's a Swede
, but because Bäckman was actually more physical than Mara, a better skater, better positionally and added pinches and support in the offensive zone. Along with that, Bäckman showed a pretty accurate sneaky wristshot, which made alot more damage during a third of a season than Mara's slapper all seasons in Rangers added together.
Sure, Bäckman took some unnecessary penalties and made some mistakes, but he made up for it - and kept being physical. Remember when he scored right away after he had cost us a goal - which was a very nice display of Gionta by the way to volley down the clear out the zone?
I just can't see what Mara did for us that was so wonderful. He was awful offensively (which apparently was his strength some seasons ago) and nothing special defensively.
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