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03-18-2013, 05:02 PM
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Malhotra underated here? He is given credit for everything. I think he is the only defensive center is the league given credit for when the second line center scores. I do not remember Stall getting credit for when Crosby or Malkin scored. Does Sutter get that credit now. Does Hansen ever get any credit for playing with Manny on that line? Or for the pk in that year? Manny played how many games that year. He once went 20 games without getting a point. Sure he still did his job, but it was easier because the Sedins and Kesler were lighting it up. He was the same player in Columbus, without the Sedins or Kesler and he got a 750K contract. He was a good role player on a very good team, on a lesser team you do not have the luxury on having a defense only center on your 3rd line. The legend of Manny is just that. Manny's injury hurt us in the playoffs because we had no other NHL centers. Lappy filled in great on the 3rd line unforturately no one replaced Lappy on the fourth line. So the fourth line was useless. However i think Lappierre was a better player on the third line than Malhotra would have been. Too bad Manny got hurt but i will never believe he was the main factor in that great year. A factor yes, like any role player is.
You're entitled to your opinion, I am mine. I disagree with a lot of your points, but I can see where you are coming from.
Manny was a large factor if you ask me, one of many.
Lappy played out of his mind, the whole team was on stride, career years for many players. Obviously it would be asinine to relegate all this to a simple shutdown defensive specialist, but I do believe he played a very big role in our historic season.
Hammy going down from the Luch hit, Kesler playing on one leg and Manny being a shell of his own great self are my main attributions to our eventual downfall.
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