Thread: Sandis Ozolinsh
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01-15-2013, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by begbeee View Post
I make a smooth connection to Bust thread: someone wrote there, Sharks choose Falloon over Niedermayer because they had hidden Ozolinsh out there...
Was it a smart move? One can argue Ozolinsh 1993-199? had was a better of the two, can't he?
Ozolinsh was a different type of player. For his first few years, Niedermayer played tentatively, almost as if he was afraid to make a costly mistake. Ozolinsh played wide open, almost as if he didn't care if he did make a costly mistake.

There was one game back in...I think it was the 1993-94 season, and I think it was against Chicago. He made some absurdly aggressive play, like carrying the puck end-to-end and not scoring, but then continuing to play down low. The Sharks cycled, he stayed in the zone way inside the blueline, and ended up scoring the only goal in a 1-0. Kevin Constantine said that it was the only time he ever yelled, "NO! What are you doing? YEAH!" from the bench in his career.

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