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06-19-2008, 10:06 AM
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Originally Posted by FLYLine88 View Post
Still can't believe so many people think we will be fine if we let Jagr walk.

Gomez was one (or was) our best forward for most of the season, a big reason he why was be he was not facing the other teams top defense pairing every night, do you know who was? Jagr. If Jagr goes then Gomez, say hello to the top defense every night...he will not put up the same amount of points, thats for sure.

Another con, Dubinsky, got plenty of ice time, developing very nicely with a superstar to guide him....without Jagr....enjoy the 3rd line Dubi playing a defensive role with 12 minutes of ice time. That will stunt his development for sure.

Another Con, how much of the damn team are we replacing? Jagr, Straka, Shanny, and Avery could all be are all those holes going to be filled? With some Swedish fringe 4th liner? Too many holes...once we have them filled it will take half a season just to get any chemistry going again.

So sure, lets replace Jagr with a some spare parts and everything will be dandy...give me a break.

For us to be competitive we need Jagr back. At least until we get a replacement, but there is none next season.
I don't think there's any doubt Dubinksy benefited greatly from playing with Jagr. Both in terms of on-ice/in-game development and mentally.

But let's be fair to Dubinsky, here. There were many, many nights when Dubinsky was the catalyst and Jagr benefited greatly from having a spunky, physical, strong and (still raw) talented young Dubi.

It did become a symbiotic relationship and interaction on the ice. Dubi learned a lot and gained a ton of experience by playing with Jagr and benefited greatly when Jagr did decide to show up; on any given night. But Jagr benefited, too.

Dubinksy wasn't simply along for the ride. He quite often made things happen, on his own. Jagr gave Dubi room to operate, because...he's Jagr. But at some point in the season, teams had to start focusing on Dubi much more. And that made room for Jagr, also. Like I said, it did become symbiotic.

The kid has some skills and a heart as big as Montana. Let's not diminsh Dubi's ability and contribution, for the sake of stroking Jagr.

P.S. Gomez saw plenty of the opponents top defense. He's seen top Defense for 98% of his career. He was the top line center for the Devils.

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