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04-22-2013, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Rundblad View Post
Kariya was literally the face of the franchise for quite some time.
Yeah, but that was almost by default, because they had so little depth. In terms of being a franchise caliber player, he really was only that for about 2-3 years, which isn't really that long.

When your 3rd best player for most years is Steve Rucchin or Guy Hebert, almost any reasonably decent star level player would qualify as "the face of the franchise." And when you throw on top of that the fact that Kariya constantly balked at taking on that role, mostly treating fans like a nuisance, and then the rather unpleasant departure ... well it kind of detracts from what good he brought during his tenure there.

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