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09-02-2004, 08:51 PM
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Racheunek's success this year will probably depend on the team's commitment to defense. Like Poti, his defense inabilities are bound to be magnified if assisgments continue to be blown on every shift, forwards refuse to back-check.

I really dont think that there is any comparison between Rachunek and Poti. Tom Poti is a one-dimensional player, he puts no effort into the defensive side of the game and doesn't position himself well enough to get away with it. Rachunek, however, is an extremely capable 2 defenseman. I really hope that everyone who is chiming in with their opinion of Rachunek are not doing so based solely off of his brief stint with us at the end of last season. This guy came from an AWESOME team and was thrown into an absolute mess, I for one do not blame him at all for looking out of place. This guy has already posted two 30 point seasons in the NHL and he is a career +55. In all honesty, I am looking for Rachunek to be our best all around blueliner next season.

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