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02-20-2013, 01:06 PM
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Originally Posted by haveandare View Post
Did he show that type of play before last season? And is there reason to believe he's capable of taking another step offensively?
He was put in a defenseive role his first (2) years in the league. He was their shut-down center, still played against the other teams best players which is impressive for an 18 and 19 year old in the NHL.

Originally Posted by SnowblindNYR View Post
Boyler, you keep saying how great ROR is and keep saying how MDZ does nothing well. So why would the Avs trade ROR AND Barrie for MDZ and a guy that should be a 4th center? Doesn't make sense. Unless they're desperate and we're the only suitors. At least the second half of that doesn't sound like it's the case.
It's not that MDZ does nothing well. It's that I don't see him doing things THAT much better than the other players I see around him in McDonagh, Staal and Girardi. He is a good player. On this team he is the #3 LD. Staal, McDonagh and MDZ don't look good on their off-side. Staal and McDonagh are better than MDZ.

Maximize the asset. Puck-movers are at a premium in todays NHL. Whether that is right or wrong that is for another discussion.

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