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06-07-2010, 12:04 PM
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i dont think he is a cancer. not sure i buy that. i just think he is a pretty bad defensive defenseman, who isnt a strong enough offensive defenseman to make up for it. he definitely was not a top 4 guy when he left - so it would surprise me if he was now. when he comes back ill try to stop belittling him as much and give him a chance. i was once on his bandwagon. my problem is, he is the least physical 6'4" dman ive ever seen - he has a very weak base that routinely gets knocked over by smaller players, has no footspeed in his own end and is indecisive back there as well. if we had a strong d core, he would be a nice luxury to throw out on the pp from time to time. his footspeed and lack of quickness getting his shot off is already known to other teams, so i dont think he is a legit top pp guy regardless of his 16 goals. if you cant stay in the lineup in the playoffs, how are you a top 4 guy?

he is being brought back because he fits the pay scale and the "youth movement" per jrs requirements. when the youth movement fails he can go back to vets and feel justified.

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