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02-02-2013, 02:33 AM
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Originally Posted by CupofOil View Post
Probably because he has actually EARNED the praise this season. He looks like a completely different player to the point of even his biggest detractors heaping praise on him. With that being said, it's only 7 games. Lets hope that he continues to build on this.
He was good LAST YEAR. He started the preseason flying, got a bad high ankle sprain and then had to play wing with our two worst offensive players Belanger and MPS for a good portion of the season. He finally gets to play top 6 and his numbers for the rest of the year were definitely those of a top 6 center. Plus like others noted his defensive play last year was much improved, his zone reads and backchecks were the reason he was +5 on a terrible club last year.

He was worth taking a risk on his contract last summer. I understand why he was signed for one year 3.2 million but if you could have gotten him for 4 years at 4 million dollar it should have been done (although I'm guessing Gagner wasn't too eager about that deal).

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