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02-06-2013, 04:20 PM
OHH MAMMA DONT U CRY
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That has nothing to do with being a better skater than Stepan. It's not a matter of my hands not keeping up; I never had those kinds of hands or I would have gone further. As it is, I played college hockey. I skate really well; I didn't have any of the other tools to be a real hockey player. It's perfectly conceivable that people here are better skaters than Stepan. You clearly have no idea what you're talking about. Forget skating with the puck. Stepan, skating through the neutral zone, trying to keep up with a rush, or get to a loose puck, or get in on the forecheck or get back to backcheck or beat out an icing, when no stick handling and is involved or even considered, is a poor skater with bad speed and an ugly stride. There's nothing difficult about believing better skaters exist outside of the NHL. It doesn't make us better hockey players. It makes us better at one thing.
Clearly we have different opinions, but don't say I have no idea what I'm talking about. All that stuff about playing with college and pro players, that's fantastic for you, but that's not a way to change my opinion. I did the same with baseball but I don't claim to be a better fielder than any starting MLB player because I don't routinely take the field against MLB batters.
Until you can maintain your speed against an entire team of NHL players, in a 60 minute NHL game, in a full 82 game NHL season, I reserve my right to doubt that you're a better skater than Stepan and Richards. If you don't like that well I'm sorry, but there's nothing I can do about it.
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