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01-11-2007, 02:18 PM
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I don't hate him at all. In fact, he's one of the few Rangers this season who I haven't been frustrated with at some point during the season. I'm sure a lot of the things he brings to the team don't show up on the ice during games because he's doing a lot in the dressing room in between periods.

But that's not to say that I wouldn't mind seeing him bumped to the third pair if Sather acquires one or two defensemen over the summer who can fit better on the top two pairs.

I also remember Carolina fans saying that Ward is basically a player who will follow the general status of the team throughout the season, so if the team is really on a roll and playing well, Ward will be playing well and looking good. But if the team is playing poorly and losing, don't expect Ward to stand out with great defensive play.

The same probably goes for a fair number of decent NHLers but hey that's what they said.

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