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09-21-2003, 10:36 PM
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Trottier
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Not going to defend NYR's team D, etc., But I will defend one player. replace the great (and I mean that seriously) Al MacInnis right now with Brian Leetch, and the Blues wouldn't miss a beat. Likewise, put him on Philly, and they'd quite possibly have the missing ingredients to kick start their offense that disappears every playoff season. Ditto Toronto. Put him on Detroit and he's quite possibly a Norris candidate once again.
There are many other examples.

Point is this: Injuries certainly take their toll and Leetch is no exception. However, at 35 y/o , he easily remains one of the best in the game, when healthy.

Re-signing him was, by far, Sather's smartest offseason move.

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