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06-25-2013, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Bucky Gleason View Post
Regardless, Jiri Hudler, Curtis Glencross, Tomas Fleischmann, Viktor Stalberg, Radim Vrbata, Jiri Tlusty, Alex Burrows, and Michael Ryder are all comparable or better along with the Perrys/Kopitars/etc. Some of those players would be a pipe dream in a Miller swap, others a disappointment.
Two best comparables, though they're more physical. Read is younger though.

Stalberg lacks Read's hockey sense, Hudler/Fleischmann/Ryder are one-way offensive players. Tlusty/Vrbata could be products of their environments (Staal/Phoenix), or could be solid glue types. Neither's down situations came in great environments.

Read's an every-shift two-way forward, who's relied-upon-ness despite a lack of standout offensive production belies his team importance and his ability to consistently bring what he does well to the table despite linemates and situations. We need more players like that.

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