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03-25-2007, 09:40 PM
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Mara vs Ward

I was worried when they traded for Mara at the deadline. Personally I was a big Ward fan, but I guess he fell out of his good standings with the capt, and Renney. At the time I thought that Ward was the better defenseman. I thought he was more physical(even though Mara has and will drop the mitts more) but I thought that Ward would have really turned his game up a notch for the playoff run with some bigtime physical play...like he did in Carolina during the cup run. Anyway, I couldn't get past Mara's plus/minus disasters. As decieving a stat as they are, you would think that he would have finished at least once on the plus side of that statistic, but I don't think he ever has. So my fear would be that he woul be caught out of position a few times, and the Garden crowd would be all over the guy.

Looks like I was wrong so far, as Mara seems to fit in quite well. His shot is a huge addition, and he seems to be reliable in his own zone. Glad he has elevated his play for the stretch and hope he keeps it up.

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