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07-04-2012, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Martini View Post
Hammer will block a shot with his face if need be. Nobody ever questioned his willingness to get in front of a shot puck.

But playing a tough, stand up game, he doesnt do at all.

Having said that, the Hawks shouldnt get rid of him.
He doesn't do it often enough but he is capable. When he got shafted with that suspension for his hit on Pominville, it seemed to make him gun shy and he was reluctant to use the body when he returned. He can play physically and it is up to the coaching staff to get him back there. This is why I'd love to see a guy like Larry Robinson get recruited by the Hawks. In some (no, make that many) ways the assistant coach they hire is more important than the players Hawks acquire this summer.

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