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06-13-2006, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Blind Gardien
Exactly. He was one of the most underrated dmen in the league for a lot of years. Sometimes when people would ramble on in the Langway days about creating an award for defensive defensemen, you could even hear the occasional mention of Ludwig's name somewhere way down on the list. He wouldn't be all that well suited to today's game, perhaps, but he was a great shot blocker, probably the pre-eminent one of his time on the blueline, the way Jay McKee does today. And as another in the long Montreal-Dallas pipeline, he will surely have all the ties he needs to the current regime.
The criticism Luds always got was that despite his size and strength, he wasn't a big hitter. yeah, people remember the flying elbow in the chicago game, but he didn't have much of a mean streak. I remember what Chelios said to him after getting , the Norris. 'Thanks for staying back' Someone's gotta do it.

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