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04-27-2011, 10:40 PM
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Btw who in their right mind doesn't want to re-sign Desharnais? This guy put up .5 PPG playing 3rd and 4th line minutes with gritty veterans and guys that couldn't score if their life depended on it. He also played very well in the playoffs.

Sure he's small but think about it ; the guy had hundred points seasons a couple of years in a bunch of leagues and is clearly able to play in the NHL. Is it possible, maybe, that like Gionta he's able to play despite his ''short''coming? (excuse the blatant pun )

Guys from 5'6'' to 5'10'' have likely never played against a defensemen smaller than them. They know what to do, and wouldn't be there if they couldn't. Just look at Gionta and Plekanec winning puck battles against friggin' CHARA. Desharnais has superior work ethics, good puck handing, awesome on ice vision, actually good speed, good skill set and very good reflexes. He'll be part of this team for a long time either as a third line special team specialist or even as a top6 player if he keeps progressing (and WHY NOT?)

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Originally Posted by Jack Bourdain
I like Darche a lot. He's a great team guy, I'd love to have him back.
Me too... I put him as an extra but I think he could be the ''X'' on Eller's line. He's not getting any younger so it depends on his shape at training camp but so far he's gotten better every year... I'd definetely sign him.

Desharnais-Eller-Darche is a pretty sexy and balanced line actually if Darche is like last year. He brings experience and crease crashing. Eller brings strength, speed and good two way play while Desharnais finishes and creates plays. One is a midget, the others are 6'2'', so it balances out.

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