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03-25-2013, 04:38 PM
eco's bones
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Newbury's game has never really translated all that well to the NHL. That being said he is a really very good AHL'er. Not very big but stocky and strong for his size and he plays with some edge though lacks discipline at times. Over the years he worked his way up from a bottom 4th line energy player at the AHL level to a legit AHL 1st liner which isn't a small feat. Choosing a gritty 30 year old over an over the hill non-gritty 36 year old for a 4th line centerman job isn't all that hard IMO. The one main advantage Halpern has over Kris is he's still a competent pk'er. Apart from that if you're going to go down it's best to go down swinging--something Newbury is more likely to do than Halpern.

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