Good foot soldier but never lived up to the expectations coming out of HS. I think the trade with Boston worked out for both teams as they (he and Ward) are really No. 4 or 5 dmen. But I think the only reason why he became popular/overrated was because he was average while guys like Malik, Redden, Rosie and at times Tyutin were so GD awful.
I've always felt that Mara is one of the most overrated defensemen to come around in quite some time because he displays all of the qualities necessary to be a complete defenseman in very short spurts. This is always followed by poor overall play.
The guy has offensive game but contributes next to nothing offensively.
He shows meanness a couple of times a season but remains passive for awfully long stretches.
I think he is a wasted potential player.
Dear God, I agree with you again.
Have the seas turned blood red yet?
Mara's problem is that he can't put it all together consistently.
You can see why a team took him high in the draft. He's a big, strong kid who has the potential to play physical, put up some points and anchor a defense. But he rarely does all of those things at the same time and never does any of them consistently.
He's a good temporary option and is okay when he's on one year deals with no long term commitment. But overall, he's about an average player.
Canada is stealing all our players First Orr, then Sjo and now Mara. How about it Sens, want Redden back?
Mara is a hard-working guy and he was very solid for us. I'll never forget his blocking the shot when Lundqvist was out of the net in Game 6 against Buffalo. His signature play here. Class act and I wish him well with the Habs.
Count me in as another one who liked Mara but we just didn't have any space for him on the roster. With the 4 we have in Redden, Rozsival, Girardi and Staal plus probably Gilroy, there just wasn't any room since we should let one of Potter, Sauer, Sanguinetti etc battle it out for the last spot.