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06-14-2011, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Crazy_Ike View Post
How about the fact he isn't an NHL caliber player.

He can win faceoffs.
He can block shots.

At every other single point of time on the ice, he is a liability both offensively and defensively. He is slow, he can't hit, he is always behind the play, he can't cover people, and he has hands of stone.

The coaches routinely put him out for defensive faceoffs and then had him immediately get off the ice.

I do not want Ryan Johnson back.

As for Madden, he has spurts of quality but age and mileage have caught up to him.
Who would your propose instead? Dowell?

I think some of you guys are misremembering what actual fourth liners are, because we were spoiled with our fourth line during the cup run. Guys like Eager, Madden, and Burish are better than almost all other fourth liners in the league. We can't have a fourth line with that caliber guys on it every year. Ryan Johnson is a valuable 4th line center and there are very few, if any, better options available, unless we want to pay 1.5+ and put a 3rd line center there.

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