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07-26-2008, 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by maddog24g View Post
Which old highlights? The ones of him not scoring? The ones of him trying to forecheck and bouncing off the guy? His "sick hands" produced 2 goals on 26 shots as a ranger. Phoenix spent 3 years waiting for him to become that 2nd liner and he didn't. Accept the guy for what he is. Last year was the first time he got past 9 goals. He plays an energy game. That's it at this point. If he starts clicking then fine.. move him up and give him more ice time.

what is ignorant is people believing that on an offensively challenged losing team like the coyotes, the coach would purposely hold a guy back from producing for no reason. It really makes sense. "Gretzky doesn't want his team to score or win unless it's his favorite players doing the scoring". Gimme a break.
He produced 2 goals only because the line he was on wasn't supposed to score and he was playing on the 4th line.

They held him back on the bottom lines because that is all they thought he was good for and that when he started producing on the bottom units they would move him up. The few times that they did move him up, he was very good and clicked well. The line of Vrbata-Hanzal-Sjostrom absolutely was dynamite for the Coyotes during the middle part of the season. This was the 2nd line. Put Sjostrom up and he will produce.

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