Thread: Confirmed with Link: Adrian Aucoin to columbus
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07-04-2012, 04:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Yammer View Post
Well to be fair to CBJ, Aucoin's game was never dependent on speed, or physicality for that matter. He is the epitome of the quietly efficient veteran who has been around. (Quiet, apart from that one crazy 23-goal year.) I think that CBJ is smart to acquire a guy like that who can be a sort of playing coach to their young blueliners.
This matters more with aging players than anything. It's why a guy like Ray Whitney, who relies on smarts, is still around and scoring consistently, whereas a guy whose game was built on speed (maybe Brian Rolston, who was taken in the same draft?) may struggle to maintain. Obviously, there are exceptions to the rule, but generally speaking, players lose a step as they age.

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