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01-14-2010, 08:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Valhoun View Post
I always defended Hatch. He was a good lockerroom presence and always gave 100% even with only half a knee. Towards the end, even when he was healthy enough to play, there were too many guys with a limited skillset that could only play physical. No team needs Hatcher, Smith, and Gauthier and, in their primes, that's the order I would want them on the team.

Sometimes I wonder if good, but not great, players make the best on-ice mentors. I mean, Hatch giving advice is advice that virtually any player in the NHL would be able to use. Guys like Timonen and, especially Pronger, are freaks of nature. What does Pronger say to rookie? "Instead of doing what you are doing, kid, you should do what I do. I like to use my Hall of Fame natural talent to do X, Y, and Z."
i miss hatch and his strange ability to dangle around people in slow motion, but no one ever saw it coming because... it's derian hatcher.
we need to make hatch a developomental guy or a defense coach.

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