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01-05-2014, 06:37 PM
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IMO, Callahan and Girardi's best years are coming to a close. We all saw what happened with Drury. He was all heart, but his body wasn't able to last as long as his desire. He and Callahan are very similar players. Small guys who play a highly physical style. Once their bodies start to break down, they break down very quickly. Brenden Morrow is another example. He went from one of the premier power-forwards in the league to a broken down 3rd or 4th liner in a matter of months.

Girardi has been remarkably healthy over his career. Can that last? His breakout pass is average. He can't rush the puck up ice. He's not terribly mobile. Those three things are needed in a transition offense. Can you move him for a guy who projects to be that sort of player in a year or two? The system AV wants to play is going to be supported by the team's ability to transition the puck up ice, and spend more time in the attacking end than their own. I'm not sure that suits Girardi's game that well. He was ideal for Tortorella's system, but even under Renney who wasn't quite as defensive, his game showed some warts.

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