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07-04-2008, 04:53 AM
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So your saying he is an Enigma cause he didn't produce in Washington? You mean he dind't produce super Jagr like numbers for them, but he is over a pt per game in a cap uniform. Anyone on this team project to a point per game during a season? ANYONE? I think pt per game is producing.
Here is what you defined an Enigma as in your own words: "Enigma means your not playing up to your talent level or ability for whatever reason."
Do you're telling me that Jagr played up to his talent level in Washington? Or even for stretches in Pitts for that matter?
The question isn't whether a player produces at all, it's as you said, whether they play up to their talent level.
If we're going with the producing approach, well then Zherdev produced darn well for a very poor Columbus team and was one of the main reasons they weren't dead last in the standings.
Going back to what we discussed earlier, you pointed to Jagr pouting on a bad Washington team. Well don't you think Columbus certainly fits that description as well.
If we're going to go with the boundaries or definitions you believe, that we have to hold both players to that standard and take into account their respective circumstances.
It's only fair, wouldn't you agree?
And your other point almost proves mine. They do not have the players on this team that they had on thier past clubs to repeat those past performances. I'm not saying they are crap, I just don't feel Gomez is a real #1 center or do I think Drury is a guy that would lead us to anything without the proper supporting cast which we do not have. I would feel different maybe if we had more cap room with this roster to make a nice move in the future but that doesn't look too good either. We now have a lot of guys locked up on long term contracts and aren't close to looking like a cup team. Not a good combo if you ask me.
But the thing is you can't say Gomez isn't a number one center when he's already been one on two championship teams. As for supporting cast, that's EXACTLY the point of these moves. To get a CAST, not an individual. That's exactly what I've been talking about all along.
And while I don't think this team is to that point yet, I think you've got guys who are going to be playing at high levels or approach high levels for a long time.
In addition to Gomez and Drury, you've now got Anisimov, Zherdev and Cherepanov all under the age of 25.
You've got got emerging players in Dubinsky, Dawes and Staal who have done nothing but keep progressing in the right direction.
You've got positive progress from guys like Sanguinetti, Korpikoski and others and you have a top 5 goaltender in Lundqvist. If that's not a pretty good foundation for a team with some line rolling depth, than I don't know what is.
Now it's going to take time and it's going to patience and even then it's not a sure-thing, but it's got some potential and next year's team is not destined to "blow up in our faces". That's not to say it won't, but I don't think it's statement worthy at this time.
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