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09-15-2011, 11:26 PM
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Outside99*
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Terrific graphics on that opening post there jammy, well done!

I really hope for Nolan - the problem with an old warrior like Nolan is two fold. First, he's just going to look real slow and ineffective compared to Hansen, burrows, Higgins, etc... Secondly, will be a lot more effective in the playoffs than during the regular season.

So its going to be very difficult for mgmt to resist the temptation of a) comparing him to Burrows et al. instead of focusing on his positive attributes and b) waiting 82 games, including many scratches, for him to shine. Nolan's role is to be a role player (as in brings something to the party that the team otherwise doesn't have).

Begin was a marginal 4th liner with the Habs 3 years ago so I'm not expecting him to make it at all but he has great attributes as a veteran so I hope they sign him to a decent (as in AHL pay) two way contract so he can be called up for injuries (and really with very little risk of not clearing waivers) and AV (or successor ) not having to teach him how to tie his skates so to speak.

Just need to make a bit of contract room...

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