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03-02-2013, 12:48 AM
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Originally Posted by joseph_kerr View Post
It's always the opposite of real life. We want the big fella to be a bully. We want him to use his size to push the smaller boys around. We want him to have bad intentions. We just somehow managed to get the two bigs guys from Canada that just want to give peace a chance.
It's the Mike Rathje syndrome... Everyone wanted him to kill players but it just wasn't his game. He finally developed into an elite shutdown defensman who Tkachuk and Jagr both sited as one of the most difficult defenseman to play against.

Other NHL players have an appreciation for Marleau but fans want fireworks. So anytime the goals dry up for Marleau the hate comes out cause it's more difficult for the casual fan to tell that he's effective at other aspects of the game.

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