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01-29-2013, 07:44 PM
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Hardyvan123
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Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post
Well, for starters unless Mario ran into a knob like Ken Hitchcock there isn't a coach in the free world that would do anything else but let Mario do his thing. Conventional wisdom would tell you that this player will win you more games on his talent alone than the other way around. That isn't to say that there can't be pressure to play responsible defensively either. Bowman ensured Lafleur didn't float around on the ice. But you just simply let a guy like this play his game, regardless of era.

Defensive awareness was not Mario's strength. However, it didn't have to be. It wasn't why he was on the ice in the first place. We saw Malkin last year score 50 goals and 109 points and there were times when he just simply took a shift or a game over. A smart coach lets a player like that do this. Malkin is not Mario either it is worth noting. So I think Mario would translate just fine in today's game.
Malkin isn't Mario but he is a lot closer than the stats would suggest.

I think as we watch Malkin play his career out we will see this.

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