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12-04-2010, 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Isle Junkie View Post
I disagree 100% about Konopka. He serves his role well.

It's strange to say, but his plus faceoff skills may actually hurt him in a weird way. Say there's 10 seconds left and you're down by 1 goal and you have the offensive faceoff. You want him out there. But once he wins that faceoff, you don't want him on the ice anymore.

But as a 4th line player, he's definitely NHL caliber. I'm surprised you said that about him.
Yeah I just don't like him as a player, he tends to start fights when we finally gain the zone. He doesn't clear the puck on the PK enough. Gets a lot of misconducts, and you are right about the faceoffs, you are better off losing the faceoff with JT and dealing with attacking the zone, since Konopka has no offensive skills.

Bottom line to me, is that he is not as good as Thompson, Bergenheim or Park, and I am not in any way saying we should bring those guys back. My defense is always Tampa Bay who took 2 of those guys and dumped this guy.

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