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12-08-2003, 04:34 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Miami, FL
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If he's shielding him why put him on the penalty kill at all? Why would he face either of the top two lines if he was sheilding him, should he be plaing against the 3rd and 4th lines?
It's ok Smokey, you don't need Hamhuis to do bad to make your Suter>Hamhuis arguements valid.
I've answered everything your asking here. He's on the 2nd team penalty kill just because we have NO OTHER OPTIONS. He sheilds Hamhuis, but he oftentimes sheilds Zids just more. Like I said, if he plays only against the 3rd and 4th line, then someone like Allison is going to be playing against the top dogs. Just because someone is a top 4 DMan doesn't make them great. He's in our top 4 because he's probably our 4th best dman in his own zone. He's a great prospect, I've never said otherwise. I think he'll be great. Unfortunately, I don't see him getting manhandled by the likes of Ron Francis, turn the other cheek and say, "oh well, he's just a rookie". I see it as a very avoidable goal against. Pardon me for not honoring him as messiah just yet. And, no, he hasn't established himself in the NHL. I think he could easily be sent down if he slumps or has a rough end to the season.
I have no bones with Hamhuis. Like 7NA says, Poile made that initial statement, I'm just reiterating. I think the only one with the unhealthy fixation is you.
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