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by Paul on 08/10/11 at 11:33 AM ET
from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun, Emotionless.
Too often, pointless. And finally, luckless.
Those are some of the words used to describe defenceman Cam Barker’s 2010-11 season with the Minnesota Wild.
After a lackluster start which left him sitting in the press box some nights, followed by an offensive dry spell that lasted longer than the one we just had, Barker finished his first full season in Minnesota with a bad back.
Not that many weeks ago, the Wild paid the Winnipegger to go away, buying out his contract in perhaps the ultimate indignation for the man chosen behind only Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin in the 2004 entry draft.
“It was an extremely tough year for me,” Barker, in town for the summer, was saying, Tuesday. “It just seemed like everything went wrong at once.”
This isn’t where the man’s career path was supposed to lead. Not after he put up 40 points with the Chicago Blackhawks two years earlier.
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