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04-17-2012, 03:37 PM
I voted for Kodos
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Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
Makarov's speed definitely is a concern. It was noted that it was believed Balon's legs were gone when he ran into the onset of MS during his career so that would imply that he was a good skater, but I'd definitely like to find more evidence prior to that to really tell for sure. Also any evidence that he can play on the right wing would be helpful as well since Hossa definitely has the pace to keep up, though he's not quite as strong defensively as Balon was.
Balon is basically a poor man's Claude Provost. Very similar players physically, right down to the funny wide skating style. Like Claude, Dave wasn't the world's prettiest skater, but he was pretty fast - fast enough to do his thing against the top offensive wings of his time. If he was slower than Goulet, it was only by a touch. I think he'll be ok against Makarov, but then again, Sergei was a good enough skater to get behind any checker sometimes...including Goulet in the Canada Cup.

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