Thread: Larry Brooks: Girardi's been Blueshirt bust
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09-28-2009, 12:29 PM
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I wonder how much of the Girardi hate stems from the fact that he doesn't make fantastic plays, because I always saw his game as a very basic and simple style. Get the job done. I think he gets into trouble when he tries to do too much, tries to carry the play. Too me though, it's not a knock. He knows his limitations and when he's on he is usually playing within his abilities. I do agree that he is out of place on the top lines but that isn't his fault that we lack the proper depth chart.

I see him at his most successful as the 3rd pair guy. He has to limit his game to playing just his man, cutting down that guy's options then retrieving the puck. Once he has the puck he has to outlet it immediately, preferably off the glass or boards as I feel he has a nice touch in those areas. In all honesty, I see nothing wrong with that. In fact, we need guys like that... very steady with small ups and downs (which he is when he simplifies).

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