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07-06-2008, 01:06 PM
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He is no better than a 5/6 D.

Gator was clearly on the decline when Lowe sent him to Philly. He regressed further as a Flyer. On the Oilers I don't think he would even be in our top 6 and a lot of other teams probably feel the same way. His foot speed is awful (he has lost a couple of steps) and he can't move the puck. All Gator can do is bang the puck off the glass, rim it around teh boards, or often merely slap it into the shin pads of the other team. He needs soft minutes, sheltering from the top players or he is exposed.

On the plus side, he is an old time hockey player and a warrior no doubt. Nobody has ever questioned Gator's courage. How much is that worth though? How much should a team pay for a defenceman capable of 12-15 minutes a night? I think paying 2.5 per year for that is crazy.

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