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01-14-2013, 06:41 AM
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Originally Posted by jmelm View Post
Some people may not notice Strait, but I am not one of them. I was actually very impressed by him last season/playoffs in the NHL, and moreso than with Despres. It's easy to drool over some of Despres size or skills, but he also made some mistakes and was very sheltered.

Strait, on the other hand, played a very smart game, made very few mistakes, was extremely reliable defensively, and where he really surprised are in the two areas you noted: his footspeed and ability to keep up with opposing players, and his ability to handle them physically. This is why people who think this guy should be waived/traded for a bag of pucks or late round pick are nuts. This guy is a real, legitimate NHL player, and he's got value.
That's obviously the reason he's in camp. Even though we have an abundance of D-men they are affraid they will loose him for nothing. By the end of the week at least one of them has to go. I think it will be one of Despres, because he can be sent down, or one of Strait & Lovejoy will be traded or waived. I think Bortuzzo is a lock.

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