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12-12-2009, 08:50 AM
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Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
Samson is a RHS also. With the need for a fill in on the top line, and Samson likely needing a top 6 role if he was ever to stick at the NHL level, they brought up the wrong guy... strictly IMO.
That whole notion of having the ideal combination of wings on their off-wings is overblown and is well down the list of considerations. The vast majority of players are left-handed so it's nearly impossible to get the ideal balance of skill, role, and handedness. I think it's a bit more important on D, though hard to do at times there as well, and much more important with PP points but that becomes a school of thought debate, i.e., one-timers vs. keep-ins along the wall.

Originally Posted by Blueline Bomber View Post
He's still been the same energy guy that's he's always been.
But that IS the problem. His contract was in consideration for a playing a bigger role in all areas and he has excelled in only energy. His 19 goals were an aberration but expecting 10-12 goals with improvements in other areas was a very realistic expectation, and a needed one with his contract. To this point, regardless of the last couple of weeks with his injury, you could have easily substituted Dwyer and gotten the same results. But if it was Dwyer, you can bet he'd been getting more criticism than LaRose, who is still given a pass as the little-mutt-that-could status.

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