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05-29-2012, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by NYR Boyler87 View Post
For his size, he is actually a good skater. Put another big-body on that 3rd line, or even move Prust up and that has the makings of a very good shut-down 3rd line that can grind it out in the corners and create some chances.

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Burish can PK as well which would help take some of the load off of players like Callahan and Stepan to keep them fresh. The Rangers can't go into next season having a player like Mitchell on the 4th line who will play 3-6 minutes a night for 82 games. It's just too much ice-time for everyone else over a long season.
No he isn't, he has no agility to his skating which often makes him flatfooted way to often. Chara is good skater for his size, Joe Thorton. But Boyle, outside of skating in a straight line, is a terrible skater.

He is an especially terrible skater at the center position which requires a ton of lateral skating in the defensive zone. If you didn't notice in the playoffs, Boyle was often times being matched with the point men in D zone. Feds would often fall back to the center lane. Even Torts recognized this.

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