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05-05-2006, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Rather Gingerly 1
Is he better than Marc Bell?
Depends on the team's needs. He's certainly more polished. Think of a big body who cycles well, can control the puck down low, and win battles defensively while rubbing out the opposition. He's smart in transition despite not being a great skater, and can move the puck on the breakout. Essentially, he's a 'favourite' for system-coaches like Gainey/Hitchcock, et al, because he's fundamentally very strong. He can move up to a scoring line in a pinch to fill in for an injury and play wing just fine.

On the flip side, he isn't tenacious and he doesn't identify Montreal's need of a big body (who plays big) on a scoring line. Because of this, I'd go with Mark Bell.

I do think Handzus is good. But if I look at the Montreal-Carolina series, would Handzus have made a big difference? I don't think so. He'd have been good, but his role was filled by Plekanec. Mark Bell would have been more important to have.

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