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01-15-2004, 10:13 AM
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I'd go a step further: I don't really know how any of you out there can so confidently predict that Ward will never be an useful offensive player. I say give him half the chance that Audette was given and he'll surprise you all.

There is plenty of precedent in the NHL for less than stellar skaters putting the puck in the net with great regularity. Phil Esposito couldn't skate worth a damn. Ditto for Tim Kerr. On the local scene, Steve Shutt probably never won a speed-skating contest in his life. And let's not forget my vote for the worst skater to ever wear a Habs uniform: Yvon Lambert. Patrick Traverse could skate circles around him but so what.

To my eye, Ward has hockey skills and sense. Maybe he ain't pretty but give him a chance before writing him off as a fourth line player for life.

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