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10-27-2003, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Cawz
I cant believe you people wishing for Niinimaa to come back. He was the one who would throw it up the middle to be intercepted. He was the one on the point when the puck would bounce over his stick on the pp. He was the one who would be sliding to block the 2 on 1 pass and the puck would go in off his butt. He was a good assister, thats it. If he was still on our payroll, we would be complaing about the money we are paying him.
Not too sure what you're exactly talking about... so you're basing Janne's entire career as an Oiler on perhaps 2 or 3 events. Come now... a bit overgeneralizing much?

He was extremely solid for this Oiler club in the last 3 years... His only major fault was losing the puck over the blueline on the powerplay. Janne was solid at either end of the ice, a leader on the ice and carried the defense on his back.

If he was still on our payroll, we'd be saying how lucky we are to have a #1 dman on our team for 2.9 million. The fact of the matter is that Janne could play 26-28 minutes a night consistently and could go over 30 if the situation required. We have NO ONE that can do that currently and it's not even close.

Yes, he was a good "assister" as you like to call it. And I'd say that his breakout passes and "assists" would invaluable to us at the moment... as that is a glaring problem with the team right now. And that isn't even including his other strengths.

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