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03-13-2009, 10:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Levitate View Post
I don't understand why people take this approach to players like Zherdev. "Oh man he has all the talent in the world but can't dominate, **** this guy!"

He's talented, but he's not actually *that* talented, and he doesn't have the head for the game to be an elite player. So take him for what he is. A skilled second tier player who can play 1st or 2nd line, but isn't going to be your franchise player or something.

The only reason I see to get on Zherdev is if his inconsistent play means he's making really bad turnovers or not playing defense. If it just means he's struggling to score for a little while, but still finishes the season with 60-70 points, then you know what? That's what he is. Don't pretend that he should be a 100 point player and then get pissed when he isn't.
Torts isn't willing to lower his expectations. Nor should he.

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