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05-29-2013, 07:49 PM
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Orr Nightmare
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this is the guy we need for our 4th line...Patrick Bordeleau.

If McIlrath is ready...then he wouldn't have to fight heavies the way Lucic doesn't fight heavies because Thornton does the lifting.

If Clowe is resigned...he to would not have to do the heavying lifting.

Bordeleau can play when other teams dress heavies and when they don't...insert Asham...keeps Asham fresh as well.

Some quotes from teammates:

"He's in a different weight class, and he keeps those big boys quiet on the other team," McLeod said. "It's just nice to have another physical presence like him on the ice. He's a huge part of our team."

Big-body Patrick Bordeleau has made his physical presence felt this season as he
leads the Avalanche in hits with 91 and is second on the club in penalty minutes
(62) and major penalties (6).

He has recorded eight hits in three different games this season, including last
Saturday in Phoenix. He is the first Avalanche player to ever have three games
with at least eight hits in a single season (since 2005-06).

The 6-foot-6, 225-pound forward has appeared in 36 of Colorado’s 38 games this
year, and while he has only two points, he has been a good puck carrier and has
made smart plays both offensively and defensively.

“He is a big presence out there,” Johnson said of Bordeleau. “You definitely
feel a little more comfortable when he is out on the ice. But not only can he do
that, but he can also play. I have played with a lot of tough guys in my
six-year career and he is probably the most skilled, by far.”

He should be a priority for the new coach and Sather.

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