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03-16-2006, 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by blinkman360
If we do bring in a Savard to center one of the top lines...

Satan-Savard-Hunter
Bergenheim-Yashin-Nilsson
York-Nokie-Tambellini
Godard-Smith/UFA-Asham/Colliton/Hamilton
You are aware, correct, that an NHL center's responsibilities include a major defensive role, backchecking net to net and acting as a third-dman? And you are aware of Savard's modest skate speed and reputation for below average defense? And you are aware that among the top three NYI centers listed above, Yashin is the best and most experienced defensive player?

Just my opinion, but I'd hope (geesh!) after this season, NYI fans would pay just a bit more attention to players' abilities (or lack thereof) on both ends of the rink. Offense alone will not get it done. Savard is having a career offensive year (coincidentally in his contract year), and is a dynamic player with the puck on his stick, no doubt. But his weaknesses play right into those that currently exist on NYI's roster of forwards. (I suggest this having caught a lot of Thrashers games this year.)

I personally put him in the category of "very dangerous" UFA signings, as in one that could backfire for years to come.

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