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02-12-2012, 12:29 PM
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Who cares if Marchand is a dirty player? The guy produces. Plain and simple.

Marchand may be a huge jerkface, but he backs it up. 20-goal rookie season, 10 more in the playoffs playing with Patrice Bergeron against the Sedins a lot. This year with more minutes, and more trust from his coaches, he'll be a 30-30 player. I don't like dirty players, but I'll take it if they're going to be among the top 50 forwards in the league. That may be a less-than-generous estimate.

As for hitz and fightz, were the Rangers intimidated and put off when he laid someone out yesterday? Is anyone anymore? If they are, they're not the teams you're trying to get past to get to the Finals. Remember when this was supposed to work against the Penguins?

Zolnierczyk is/was only marginally better. Honestly, I don't expect he'll be back up this season, but he'll give you what Rinaldo and Shelley positively contribute in one player. If Paul Holmgren was being honest with himself, the guys to put with Couturier on the 4th line for the playoffs are not currently in the organization.

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