When is Paul Kariya returning to Anaheim?
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01-24-2011, 02:10 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
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Some of us Ducks fans are ready to let the past be, he helped take the team to game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals and maybe without that the Cup would not be won a couple of years later.
He contributed to their '03 run, but honestly he underperformed in those playoffs. Badly.
He was by far the highest paid player on the team (and one of the top 5 in the league) yet I could name a half dozen or more Ducks who contributed more in those playoffs:
Rucchin (best two-way player)
Carney (their rock on D)
Leclerc (scored or assisted the gwg 7 times out of their 15 wins)
Oates (many key assists)
Ozolinsh (gave them a consistent blueline threat)
Salei (played the best hockey of his career)
Sykora (was a more consistent threat offensively than Kariya)
For a $10 million player to get outplayed for two months by that many guys, is nothing short of pathetic. Make no mistake, he was a passenger on that team's playoff run. He had that memorable 10 minutes in the Finals, and a 2 goal game in the sweep of Minny, and that was IT for him; 2 good games in 2 months. If he'd actually played like the superstar he supposedly was, instead of playing like a mediocre 2nd liner, they probably win the Cup that year.
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