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by Paul on 04/14/06 at 12:41 PM ET
"The award reads ‘defensive player’ but the people who win are really two-way players," Hitchcock said. "They’re players that can kill penalties, play against the other team’s top players and they’re great in both ends of the rink. Those are the kind of players that win the award, and for me that’s Simon Gagne. "Yeah, he’s got 45 goals, but he’s a great penalty killer, he plays against the other team’s best players and if I have a player that needs to get shut down, he does that." It wouldn’t be unprecedented for a player with Gagne’s gaudy offensive statistics to win the award.read on
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