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When Can We Stop Calling Claude Giroux a Role Player?

Published by on April 25, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

What is a role player?

A team athlete who plays mainly in specific situations.

The importance of role players is widely underrated.

Fact:  You can't win a championship with a team full of superstars.

Fiction:  The Detroit Red Wings have no role players.

When you take a glance at the Wings roster, you'll come across lots of big name players.  Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Marian Hossa, Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Ralfalski to name a few.

What makes the Wings so good is that they have the role players.  The Danny Clearlys of the world, the Kirk Maltbys of the world, the Mikael Samuelssons of the world.

The Red Wings have t...

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