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09-22-2011, 03:33 PM
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I've been sheepish, from time to time, but I'm not the biggest RJ fanboy around. Still:



Ummmm, yeah.


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There are also no elite skills to lose to age and injuries, either.
But there isn't an elite skill to extend the career life. It's hard to be a heart-and-soul guy while alternating between the press box and the trainers table. As RJ slows down, I worry about lower goal totals because he won't be in the right place and the right time nearly as often. I also worry about how that will effect his penalty killing and his effectiveness against top line players, some of whom will be 10-15 years younger than him with much more spring in their steps.

The comparison I keep coming up with for the rest of his career arc is a less talented Chris Drury, who was one of my favorite players during his Colorado days.

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