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02-03-2010, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Chardo View Post
He has been noticeably slower for the past year or so. In the Isles uptempo system, that's a big problem. That lost step also somewhat hurts his ability to be a shutdown guy. He may still have value to a team with a tighter checking system (Devils?) that needs a veteran hitter. He's one of the toughest guys you'll ever see. It is true--he was hit by an SUV outside Starbucks. He got up, waved off the ambulance, told everyone "it's ok I'm a hockey player", went in and got his latte, and played that night.
Yeah, that's an issue. A shutdown guy with no speed is pre-lockout effective. Still could see the Pens, Devils, teams like that giving him a look.

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