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10-13-2008, 12:27 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Jersey City, NJ
Originally Posted by
Happy London Ranger
The closest analogy I can make is that he played like the Gentle giant Kjell Samuelson of the Rangers, Flyers and Pens. He has good reach, he will be defensively responsible and he will give you good service and likely to be either even or plus player. I can't imagine how much you would have to pay for him, but I reckon it wouldn't be that much adn for that I think he is a good acquisiton.
I saw your D in Prague, and you need help.
Michalek is a younger version of Malik, but he can't pass the puck the way Malik can.
Malik has composure....at times he has too much of it and he will make the errant pass which will inevitably
lead to opposition goal chance. But I reckon his plus far outweigh the minuses. It is impossible to expect that D will be error free.;...
I think it is a good acquisition for you
I agree with the comparison to Kjell during his Ranger years but certainly not during his Flyer years. With the Flyers he played a physical, almost nasty game and was actually very effective. Another comparison would be Willie Huber -- a large guy, very slow to anger who didn't use his size well and wasn't the best skater in the world. Not sure who was booed more at the Garden, Willie or Marek!
Anyway, Malik is what he is. As a #5 or #6 d-man he is ok. Just don't put him out there against the top two lines and expect him to shut down the Crosby's of the world. He just can't skate well enough nor is does he use his size enough to get the job done. Used properly he can still play in this league. He was thrust into a situation here in NY where he was asked to do much more than he really is capable of.
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