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01-25-2013, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by NYR Boyler87 View Post
As I said 45 minutes ago, he was injured by Orpik at the end of the season. Knee-on-knee. For a player who isn't fleet of foot to begin with, that's a big deal.
I am aware of the injury. Its not really relevant. The reality is that on these boards people would be giving him more leeway if he had a great postseason after his somewhat lackluster regular season, . Just as people game him leeway after an invisible post-season two years ago after a fantastic rookie regular season.

Regardless he is playing the game right now the same way he played not just the playoffs but also too much of last season before he got hurt: without moving his legs much, without any edge to his game and (scariest) without much creativity with the puck.

He had the same problem at times in Wisconsin. Stretches of a game or whole games where he was content to let other dictate the flow. And his game always suffered.

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