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12-28-2009, 07:22 PM
Join Date: Jan 2004
Whatever, I think it's a very legitimate question and deserves its own thread on here because I think the Flyers are banking on him stepping up and becoming a cost-effective shutdown guy.
Right now, it's very hard to say. He has monster games like the couple he had with Kimmo a while ago, but at the same time, our 3rd pairing (where he's been for a lot of the year) has been a pretty big liability and while obviously that's not completely on him, it's definitely a worry.
The fact that he can't stay healthy it seems is another big black mark against him, you need these guys to play their 75-80 games per season and he simply hasn't gotten that done in 08-09 and 09-10.
The raw ability is most definitely there and he's shown flashes of it, but as things currently stand, it'd be foolhardy for the Flyers to pencil him in for the top-4 in 10/11. He needs to come back and have a strong last half of the season.
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