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02-13-2007, 12:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Ola View Post
This is a understandable misstake that many fans make.

But to ask Malik to play simple, boards out passes, with Jagr and Co just because he makes a few misstakes trying to play constructive, is exactly like asking Nylander not to play defense because he aren't good at it. Playing with Jagr its just not on the map.
Roszival can do it without the constant turnovers, so I don't see why it is unreasonable to expect Malik to be responsible. If fact, the best case scenerio for that defensive pair is to have one guy who is the puck carrier, the offensive-defenseman while the other guy is the safe, stay at home guy. If Roszival is going to be the puck mover than Malik should just sit back and make the safe pass to the open teammate, let one of the other 4 players use their better offensive skills to move the puck.

Originally Posted by bleedrngrblue View Post
As has been posted many many times, if Malik occasionally threw a hard hit, the perception of him would clearly be much different. His lack of physicality makes him less likeable.
I disagree, Malik was loved last season despite not being physical. This argument has nothing to do with his lack of physicality and everything to do with poor decisions. If he just played mistake-free and unspectacular hockey (little risk/little reward if you will) the Garden would be happy. We don't expect much from Marek, just to be safe, steady and competent in own end. There aren't many guys on the team being asked for less, he isn't delivering anyway, hence the boos.

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