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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Mara sucks in NY as well

Various reports are out in the Big Apple that Paul Mara sucks in New York and is in the doghouse with their current coach. Mara has a 3 million cap hit, and it seems that the Rangers want to try and dump his salary, via trade or a nice demotion to the AHL.

When we first acquired Mara, I thought he was a nice offensive defender and was a good acquisition. He sucked here, partly because of Dave Lewis and partly because he didn't play well in the Eastern Conference. I liked that he tried to show some toughness by getting into a few scraps, but we sent him to NYR for Aaron Ward. Mara did alright in New York, but not great. His play has slipped. It isn't like he is not trying, but he having trouble.

Now 3 defenders everyone hates in a basic 3-team deal. Boynton to Phoenix, Ward to Boston, Mara to New York. Boynton could not suck enough in Phoenix and was put on waivers, and to no ones surprise, he was not claimed. Everyone in NY hates Mara. Ward is clearly the best defender in the group, so we won the deal. For some reason, people in Boston don't like Ward. I like him, he is a solid defensive defenseman. He does not make too many mistakes in his own end and knows how to win with a couple Stanley Cup Championships. His cap hit of 2.75 maybe a litte high, but not Kasparataislike (ps he was sent to the AHL. Way to go from all-star in Pittsburgh to crapo in New York).

PSS. On the topic of sucking and Phoenix. We should all send Phoenix some flowers for giving us Tanabe for Scatchard. We would have had to buy his crap deal out instead of them. Tanabe and the 'Canes!


Anonymous birdman2403 said...

Sounds like Matvichuk is on the out's in N.J. He would be a nice solid d at a decent price.

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

another 4th or 5th defenseman is not what this team needs.

12:54 AM  
Anonymous birdman2403 said...

I hate to argue.....but he would not be a 4th or 5th with the B's !

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Ward is working out in Boston.

1:26 AM  

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