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10-22-2003, 04:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Darth Milbury
I wouldn't say Niinimaa is top 10. I think he is a notch or two below the top guys in the league. But, I could see where the Oil would have liked Antropov (big strong center) and also can see why the Leafs woudln't want to move him.
i've always thought niiniimaa was top 10 in terms of offense, defense, skating, speed and intangibles such as reliability, leadership and grit (from an euro) from watching him play many many times in van - edm games. he is the type of player you could put on the ice for 25-30 min a game or 40-50 in a playoff game with overtimes and still have faith in him. the islanders are lucky to have 4 guys in niiniimaa, hamrlik, jonsson and aucoin who can soak up all those minutes + martinek and cairns

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