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11-02-2003, 01:17 PM
Ghost of Dale Hunter
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Originally Posted by Frolov 6'3
I'm a big Afinogenov fan but I didn't know he has been scratched and that's a surprise to me. They should scratch Botteril instead of Afinogenov.
It is an easy answer, Max hasnt shown any intensity or emotion lately. Botterill has been a forechecking demon and has been really working well in the corners this season. Right now, talent wise, Botterill doesnt rate, but Max has been just a perimeter player who is a liability on defense.

To put it in better perspective, Max was sitting in lieu of Peters and in the past Buffalo has usually sat their tough guy or guys(Boulton and Ray in the past, Boulton and Peters now) against Ottawa.

Right now Max is the least effective player on Buffalo's roster. Ruff will let him rot if his intensity and drive around the net doesnt pick up.

My guess, he is out of Buffalo by midseason.

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