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12-03-2008, 06:05 PM
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I disagree but I'm too lazy to pull the stats to back up my position, which, essentially, is: Jones and Hornqvist haven't been difference makers.
What's our record with:
Both in the lineup:_________
Neither in the lineup:________
My feeble recollection is that the records are essentially the same, maybe even better without at least one of them. As long as they aren't difference makers and the team bounces along at roughly the same pace, management would rather them get lots of ice time and try to develop into difference makers.
I get that bouncing along at the same pace isn't a great option but these two guys had a decent set of games to show the team can generate more wins with them than without them. If we start losing at a faster rate, I think they are on a quick flight back. If they start tearing up the AHL over a multi-game period, I think they are on a quick flight back.
On-the-job-training is not the hallmark of this organization, this GM, this coach. Maybe it should be but it's also easy to point to teams that have tried that approach and failed big time with it (CBJ, anyone?). If Jones can get significant ice time and improve while the team doesn't miss him, the team will be better off when he does return. Same for....horny. Save horny for later. No horny now. You keep horny long time. I'll stop now.
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