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12-02-2003, 07:07 AM
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1. My biggest concern about Koivu is medical: his knees are slowing him. I watched him closely recently and I saw he's slower than last year. He's 29, if he doesn't gain speed, he will be slower than everage for the rest of his career.
2. He is already small (he will not grow), he's relatively slow and doesn't have a power shot.
3. His shot is accurate but weak. With today's goalies, it takes a power and accurate shot. Goalies are better than ever.

4.9 Then very far behind comes the question of his leadership. Not my biggest concern. I think Koivu is angry right now, he knows he's not playing with the potential he have. He skates at 80%, he can't create offence like if he can skate 100%. There's a bit of frustration in his face. The non-verbal body language tells a lot. I think he came back from his last knee injury too soon. He should leave the line-up and come back when his knees will be 100% recovered.

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