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01-15-2013, 09:19 PM
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Originally Posted by quoipourquoi View Post
He's the type of player who would have thrived in a different generation. Colorado played open enough for him to assert himself better than most teams would have, but some seasons there - and especially after he left - he was more of a liability. He was forced to play half of his own style and half of the style expected from a #1 defenseman, and it just didn't gel anymore because he hadn't developed the proper tool-set. Playing with Bure in Florida looked like a revival (19 points in 20 games), but then Bure got traded.

But there were nights when he was the most dangerous offensive player on Colorado. In 1995-96 and 1996-97 - and especially in those respective playoffs. Put him on a less run-and-gun team, and I don't expect the same results. Good instincts though; he pinched in very intelligently in his prime.
Excellent, excellent instincts. Just not something we see anymore. You still see the great-skating defensemen, but the instincts just aren't there anymore. Karlsson's probably the best in recent years.

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