backchecks, and scores enough to be effective to the money he is paid.
Effective to the money he WAS paid, and that's the key.
I am hard pressed to say I know what it is, hes an okay top 6 winger, a sub-standard top 6 center, and an above average #3 center. His defense is above average, but not exceptional, his ability to hit/use his body is poor, his skating is average, his playmaking is above average, but again, not exceptional, and hes too pass first for him to be called anything but a blow average goal scorer.
Say what now? Flip is an exceptional skater. A couple of years ago Babcock called him the best skater on the team.
He's been a good player for us. His skating, his playmaking, his defensive play. He was huge in the '08 run, shutting down Malkin in the finals. But now, via the vagaries of the CBA he's about to be way overpaid and its time to say farewell. Lets not berate him for not being Pavel Zetterberg, like this place is so fond of doing to anyone who doesn't play at a HOF level. He was a decent middle 6 forward at a good price, be happy with that.