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11-02-2011, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by jBuds View Post
Start from the beginning. Both are supposedly "natural centers".

Briere felt he could have more success on the wing (and did), so according to Ruff, was hesitant to return to center when traded here. Briere, by all accounts, was a center by design and neither Bob Francis (at the time) nor Ruff wanted DB to play wing - so he didn't really do so except for portions of that 30g season IIRC.

In Leino, you have a guy who claims to have been a natural center, grew up down the middle, played there professionally, and was converted to wing when he came over here. Now, he was open to the idea of converting to center, but since it hasn't worked, he wants to be a winger again? The situations aren't that similar, and I don't like the parallel, personally.
Nobody asked Ruff about the Briere situation. He brought it up himself. In my opinion, that indicates that Ruff finds the situations to be extremely similar. Nobody asked "Hey, is this like when Briere got here?"

Ruff drew the comparison. He knows what's going on more than any reports that we've heard. The situations are similar.

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