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01-24-2013, 01:46 AM
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Awful contract for what he provides...

I'd rather have Porter or Cracknell in the lineup. They are underrated at their role.
Porter's such a key cog that he just cleared waivers. Is he so underrated that every GM in the league doesn't recognize his worth?

He's a fine depth guy who can play with some energy, but who offers relatively little beyond that. There are literally dozens of players in the league just like him, which is why nobody else bothered to pick him up. Fans love it when guys like him throw their bodies around, but it's not a rare skillset, and it isn't what wins hockey games.

Langenbrunner is clearly a better player than someone like Cracknell, even now. Cracknell might have the better physical skills at this point, but Langenbrunner is the guy who will reliably produce the gap control, correct angles, and puck management that Hitchcock builds his teams around, regardless of linemates or situation. It's not sexy, but it's winning hockey.

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