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10-20-2010, 04:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Fictionzero View Post
I respect most of your post. Except for the opening sentence. I am sure if he were waived he would be claimed, but to say one third of the league would be lining up for a 4th line enforcer that during his NHL career year had a 4g, 4A on a extremely good 'Nucks team is a bit of a stretch.

There would be no line for him. 2/3 odds he would get claimed by someone, but to think their would be a line is laughable.
You greatly under-estimate how much demand there is for legitimately tough players who can play. There would be substantial demand for Rypien if the Canucks released him.

This is a player who is legitimately intimidating for scrappy non-heavyweight opposition players to play against. He gets a ridiculously wide berth against Calgary after having pounded several of their players and having Iginla openly duck fighting him for the last 2 years.

As a player, he struggles offensively but skates well, is pretty good defensively, and can play 9-10 minutes/game no problem. Can play center or wing. He's a very good 4th line player.

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