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01-23-2011, 11:26 PM
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Originally Posted by NJGoalie View Post
Who would you rather have as a number nine forward that would fit under the cap?

Nodl plays a very sound defensive game, while getting his nose dirty in the corners and generally being where the other guys on the line know he should be.

The object of a hockey game is to score more than the opponent. There are two sides to that, scoring and defense. Nodl has proven to contribute greatly to one part of that equation. He is on the plus side, and not marginally right now. (He has a better +/- than Pronger, just saying)

His job on the ice is to make sure the other team does not score. Anything he does offensively is gravy at this point, and he hasn't been awful in that area either. It isn't fair to criticize him for not doing his job, because he is doing exactly what the team needs him to do.
We're just spoiled. That's the only possible explanation I can come up with.

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