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01-16-2010, 01:19 PM
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I'm not including Redden.
To me, the biggest problem is guys like Dubinsky have not taken the next step. Higgins has not been the player they hoped he would be. Lisin has given them no offense. Kotalik isn't scoring. There's a waiver wire pickup serving as this team's #1 center.
It's easy to pick on the big ticket items (and I really am not trying to exuse them from blame). Just lets look at the whole team — put their contracts aside from a second.
Again, we can all call for capspace, but who really trusts this GM with it?
Dubinsky has been scoring a little under a PPG since he came back from injury. He is far from our biggest concerns.
And you can't put contracts aside because we're in a league with a salary cap. When you're at the cap, you need to have guys earn their pay, that's how you win. Higgins and Kotalik aren't producing at their salaries so, yes, they're accountable. Lisin is getting paid like a fourth liner and is producing like one. If Drury was producing like his salary, if Redden was, if Rozy was, etc. we'd be a solid cup contender. Only a limited number of guys on our team are earning their pay, that's our problem. If you cut out the wasted money and spent it on guys who could produce at a cost-acceptable level, we'd be way better off.
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