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05-23-2012, 03:56 PM
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Agreed but the 2nd line center was a major issue and needed a very good player to fill that role. It was left unfilled and it created a lot of problems and heart ache. Furthermore, a lot of us felt we would need to acquire a top 4 D at some point. Needless to say, Oduya wasn't what we were looking for. To use another food analogy, he was making an ice cream sundae, he put some awesome sprinkles in the bowl, some good fudge, but no ice cream.
It was left void to try Kane there.. which, depending on who you ask, didn't work out.. which lead to a problem because now your in the middle of the season and 2nd line centres aren't exactly easy to aquire ever, particularily in-season.
As far as Odyua, I think he's exactly what we were looking for. He showed down the stretch that he's exactly the kind of player Chicago needs, even if he's not that player, specifically. Obviously, you'd want a guy with a bit more size.. especially if you're going to pair him with Leddy.. but a guy that can skate the puck out of trouble, make good transition passes and use his stick effectively.. which was what Odyua was doing for most of his short-time in Chicago. His style fit the team like a glove and their play picked up noticeabley upon his arrival. He wasn't good in the playoffs.. I'm not advocating bringing him back.. but a player with a simular skillset? Yes.
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