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04-11-2008, 08:19 AM
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Are we starting a space program to shoot Martin off with ZeroG and you to another planet? Multi Billion?

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Nice of Cohen to do this. The guy really seems like he cares.

The injuries are such a cop out and a misleading statistic. Here is why; take out Garth Murray, a guy who missed a ton of games and was likely to have a minimal impact. Also, take out Van Ryn's games lost because Cullimore was EXCELLENT and if Van Ryn isn't injured we don't get Cullimore. Also, Van Ryn was TERRIBLE when he was playing, absolutely terrible. And take out Welch because Johansson stepped in nicely and Welch was unproven and at best a bottom pairing guy. Also, our BEST players missed no games. Horton, Jokinen and Bouw missed ZERO games. Vokoun was also healthy the entire season. Weiss is the only guy who was out who I would call a significant loss and he wasn't out that much. Stumpel, also out for a long time is not exactly liked for his play around here. Crosby was out for at least 29 games and well you know the rest. In conclusion, the injuries are just a weak excuse.
100% agree, this excuse keeps getting used again and again and it is not valid. Every team has injuries and one of the only guys we have that is durable and productive, as someone pointed out, is Ollie who has played every game for 5 years. On top of that the (+/-) is the most misleading stat in sports. Does anyone take into account that as the top scorer he gets the other team's top defense and often the other team's top forward line, evne though he is flanked by third-line quality wingers. He gets traded and the Weiss line becomes the first line and you'll quickly see a dip in that (+/-).

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