Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/17/07 at 11:35 AM ET
from the Edmonton Journal,
Wild coach Jacques Lemaire, who only played Gaborik an average of 18:26 a game last season, which irked the native of Slovakia, is now playing him an average of 20:48 a game.
Lemaire didn’t trust Gaborik, who gets power-play time, to kill penalties last season. He does now.
But how good Gaborik becomes is all up to him, according to Lemaire, maybe one of the best two-way centres in NHL history—a guy who had to cover up the defensive sins of Guy Lafleur and fellow linemate Steve Shutt.
Lemaire loves Gaborik’s home-run ability. But, again, can he stay in one piece and will he ever be as good as, say, fellow Slovakian winger Marian Hossa?
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