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02-18-2013, 08:45 AM
Mike Farkas
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Regardless of his losing his temper because someone took him to task physically, it doesn't change that he was a pretty passive player throughout his career. If anything, this is more of a net negative for Gonchar. He never initiated this contact, it was always retaliatory. Therefore, more costly. It showed that he could be distracted and frustrated out on the ice if you poke him enough.

Gonchar was never first to the wall on retrievals either, which always drove me nuts. He seemed to always let the forechecker pass him and then try to make a play on it instead of retrieving and moving it to his partner and taking the hit...

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