I vote yes. The guy has been solid since I can remember now after his injury. He looks really good out there.
Threw a few nice hits not this game, but in Monday's game, as well.
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Well just look at that plus/minus. That should tell you all.
I do think his play has been alot better lately. Still gets caught just standing around sometimes, but thats going to happen. I never really understood the bashfest that he took around here for so long.
I'm inclined to agree. I was high on him when we got that first taste at the end of the season in 03-04. But to be honest, he just hasn't seemed to develop the way I thought he would, and he's got some real flaws defensively. I wonder if he should possibly go back to playing forward.
malik's really been out of the dog house for the last few months i think. I mean we won't be getting him confused with lidstrom or pronger anytime soon, but he is at least contributing to the team in a positive way (and not just his +/-)
ranger fans, especially at the garden, always seem to need a scapegoat to boo etc. and malik is an easy target because he is slow
Still throwing the puck up the middle, still not physical enough and still scares the bejeezus out of me when he's being forechecked behind Henrik, turns over the puck at the slightest hint of physicality from the forechecker
BUT, the defence as a whole has played better of late and I would have to include Malik in that seeing as he is a defenceman.
I really thought of him as being a bad player. He gets caught out every now and then. I know the people on HFboards mostly don't like him for his play but when I go to the garden they seem to like him pretty much.
Though he gave a pass away last night by tossing it up the middle in his own zone that nearly gave me a heart attack (Rosy bailed him out), I think he's played well since coming back from injury. Still slow as hell though.
Oh no? He played quite regularly during the early part of the season. Although he's seen reduced time recently he had 43 seconds yesterday and was responsible for not one but two odd man rushes. He also played over two minutes against the Isles on Monday.
You should know better than to think I'd let you get away with that garbage...