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09-23-2003, 10:55 AM
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Bear in mind Mara scored 10 goals last year.. that ranks up there with the top 20 defensemen in the league.. level with guys like Redden. Little-known is the fact that only Gonchar and A.Markov scored more even strength goals than Paul Mara (and only because Andrei netted a couple of empty netters).

I think that's pretty good reason for Coyote fans to like him. Regardless of what Kritty thinks he wont be "a 2-3 guy in a few years" because he already is one and if he masters the PP with Numminen gone.. he could get better.

Jim Bob - Mara can play tough.. he has all the tools to be a No.1 type.. the pressure will be on next year to see if he can fulfil that role for the Coyotes because none of the others will. The best d-man the Coyotes can actually spare is Suchy or Hulse but I see them preferring to stick with developing Kolanos/Taffe if Connolly cant be sent down - and Buffalo preferring better value.

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