“I didn’t hear [them say that], but it doesn’t matter,” Leonard told reporters. “I’m trying to be the best team in the world right now. It’s not about me, it’s about the Spurs. And MLB Authentic Jerseys that’s all I wanna do.”
O’Neal called Leonard the second-best player in the league during halftime of the Spurs’ Game 5 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday. Barkley doubled down on that thought.
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Gavrikov has the ability to play as a shutdown stay at home defenseman, something no NHL team can ever have too many of. Gavrikov could step right in to an already young defensive group in Columbus, joining fellow youngsters Seth Jones, Zach Werenski, Markus Nutivaara, Ryan Murray, and Gabriel Carlsson.
Gavrikov will never be known as a scoring leader like Jones or Werenski, registering just 3 goals and 4 assists in the 2016-17 KHL season. What the Blue Jackets could use Gavrikov for is a stabilizing presence on the back end, someone with the ability to break up plays in the neutral zone and allow the other defensemen to step up into the play while having cover on the back end.
At this time, it remains unclear if Gavrikov will make the move to North America this summer to join the team. If he does, however, that move could have a drastic impact on another blue liner – Ryan Murray.
Essentially, what the “hockey man” archetype says is that “unless you’ve served your time, respect the TRADITIONAL values of hockey, and think in vague generalities that can’t be quantified that you’ve learned by absorbing all the prejudices and thinking of those before you, you are not worthy of respect in hockey. More to the point, you will always be beaten by someone who has”.