Thread: Recalled/Assigned: Abdelkader assigned to Grand Rapids
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01-29-2010, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by TOPGUN View Post
What do you guys think of this quote by Babcock?

Or I am reading too much into it!?
You're reading too much into it. Abdelkader is an NHL player, especially on this team. The rest of Babcock's quote backs that up:

if you just look at it from a purely selfish view from his point, now he gets to play 20 minutes a night instead of battling for seven or eight or 10 and surviving. It’s probably his last chance for a couple of years to play that many minutes, power play, penalty-kill.'
In other words, yes he is an NHL player, but just a 3rd or 4th liner right now. So he's not going to play 20 minutes a night in the NHL, not for a couple of years at least.

What Babcock did was compliment Abdelkader, and attempt to explain why he's (justifiably) taking the demotion hard. Abdelkader > Leino. Abdelkader > May. Babcock isn't refuting that at all. Everyone knows why he's being sent to Grand Rapids, and it has nothing to do with his play.

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