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11-15-2011, 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by buffalowing88 View Post
Zhitnik was as good at open ice checks as any defender not named Kronwall in the modern era. He certainly has his flaws (defensive zone coverage after a rush) but to compare him to Grags is laughable. In Zhitnik we had a defender who was not only gifted on the PP, but also one who would finish every check that came his way. MAG doesen't have the frame to be compared to 44, let alone the courage.
Not only that, Zhitnik was one competitive cuss who was both liberal with his stick and on at least one occassion went knee-on-knee with someone as payback for an elbow (that being Alexei Kovalev in the first Pens-Sabres game after Kovalev put Zhitnik out of the previous year's playoffs with an elbow causing a concussion). Kovalev missed 13 games due to it and it was clear payback.

I wonder what happened to Gragnani. There is nothing to his body position to even be in the right place as an obstacle. He had a great hit in a game in Phoenix a few years ago (first recall) and it looked like he might actually have a clue that defense has to come first. Right now, his complete lack of contact makes him the posterboy for what is wrong with this team.

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