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04-03-2007, 01:34 PM
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: New York
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If you haven't noticed the last few games, Mara has led the entire team in minutes played (26 vs. PHI and 22 vs. TOR).
And while playing in Boston, he played significant time w/ Chara on the first pair.
While automatically pencilling him on the top pair is a bit of a reach, he is a solid #3 and while playing puck moving, but still physical game, doesn't fall out of the top four on pretty much any squad in the NHL.
er, mistake in my post. i meant to say in 3-4 he's at his limits. Don't get me wrong, he's a great defensemen but I just don't believe he's a top pair player. Maybe in time yeah but I wasn't talking future. Sorry if that wasn't clear.
But for anyone thinking this guy is going to play number 1 and 2, you must think our farm system is crap. (though I wouldn't mind sliding him in over Malik for now. At least Mara isn't infected with traffic-cone-itis.)
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