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11-21-2003, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by DarkHorse
From what I've seen and read about Backman, he's poised in his own end (like Jonsson) and makes a sweet first pass (like Jonsson), but isn't very physical (like Jonsson). Also, like Jonsson, at 23, he's got offensive skills for a d-man, which Kenny had back then.

I think they match up pretty well, allowing for age difference.

And I included Hamrlik because I think he's more attractice as trade bait for the Isles, due to age and salary.

I don't agree at all about Backman. I think he is fairly one dimensional. IMO (and this is just my personal opinion), I don't think he'll ever be an impact player in the NHL. Also, I have to say, that I think Backman's natural skills with the puck exceed Kenny's in a lot of domains.

I doubt the Isles would make a move like this, personally. If they did dump Hamrlik, they'd probably want prospects and picks, not a second tier youngster like Backman. I would really be surprised if the Isles had even a vague interest in Backman.

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