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02-12-2007, 02:44 PM
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I think it's more along the lines that many would've liked to see the defensemen on this team more active and aggressive in their own zone, and Malik is one of those guys who has looked indifferent at times. With the Rangers last season, a defenseman's job was a bit easier than on many teams. You had Jagr out there 22 minutes per night, dominating, and not givin up too many chances. You had Lundqvist standing on his head, being asked to make too many quality saves. There seemed to be a lot of help from the forwards too. This season there has been more criticism because Jagr hasn't been dominating and Lundqvist hasn't stood on his head enough and we see the result.

Often times we saw too many odd man situations, too many passes up the middle, the inability to get through the neutral zone, and losing too many one-on-one battles. That's where the criticisms lie. We've all criticized Lundqvist for being ordinary too often, and the forwards for not helping out enough, so nobody's gone untouched.

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