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05-21-2012, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by EspenK View Post
And I'm not sure i get the "could" and "would" difference between Rask & Niemi. True Niemi has more starts under his NHL belt but Rask has proven to be very good when given the opportunity. And neither has ever played behind as vaunted a defense as the Blue Jackets possess.
Therein lies the issue, particularly for Rask, we don't know what he's capable of without the protection of big Z and Claude Julien's system. Niemi is average to good he's been behind good and bad D (though not as bad as ours has been, though I don't know where the new group is going to rank in the league tbh.) Rask could be great and likely will be the best we've ever had, but he could be the product of the system in Boston, all signs point to being a great tender but we've been burned on that before (cough: every draft pick :cough).

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