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06-23-2011, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by weems View Post
I actually DO watch him play quite a bit.
He was very good under the old rules where you could clutch, grab, slow down and just beat up guys in front of the net but with the new rules he no longer is able to do these things and its greatly watered down his game especially when trying to shut down fast highly skilled forwards. He routinely has gotten exposed in the neutral zone the past few years with oncoming speed and hes had a bad habit of turning the puck over. Sure hes still physical and a good PK'er but his impact 5 on 5 is nowhere close to what it used to be. Its not entirely his fault because a good majority of shutdown bluelines have not been nearly effective under the new rules. He'd be a decent addition to some teams in dire need of a physical dman but I really wouldnt give up much for him and his game has certainly been trending downwards the past few seasons.
It's true.

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