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03-04-2010, 02:59 PM
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JT Dutch*
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Originally Posted by Greasy Squid View Post
Halpern was 8th in scoring while playing for TB this year. Hardly, ONE OF THE WORST.
... Of the forwards who played 15+ minutes per game for the Lightning, Halpern is the worst scorer and has the worst plus-minus. He also had the fewest shots on goal per game among those forwards. What is it, precisely, that he does? He's pretty good at faceoffs, and also pretty good at blocking shots ... for a forward, anyway. If Halpern was a young player, it would be one thing -- those could be building blocks of a future career. But he isn't. He's as good as he's going to get. Players don't discover a new level of ability at 33 years old. It just doesn't happen.

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This is just stupid. Someone with Halperns MO will have no problem building chemistry with the players on this team.
... That remains to be seen. He's not good enough to be in the top nine, really he isn't good enough to be dressing for this team but I'm sure he will.

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Originally Posted by Greasy Squid View Post
This point can be argued, and rather fairly might I add. A player that is expected to be a top six guy scoring bottom 6 numbers is a problem, and DOES hurt the team.
... It only hurts the team if you judge a player by your perceived expectations of that player, and how long you're willing to give the player to meet some of those expectations. Purcell has played 91 NHL games, a little over one season. Most of that has been games of about 10 minutes or so on the ice with varying lines, and he didn't hurt the team while he was out there. Giving up on a player after playing less than a hundred games in the NHL would seem to be a curious way of judging players.

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Originally Posted by Greasy Squid View Post
Maybe you are forgetting, but Teddy has NEVER seen the postseason. And Harper is now ANOTHER player on this team that has seen the dance. This only is worth the trade in and of itself.
... Halpern hasn't been on a team who's won anything in the playoffs, just like almost everyone else on the Kings now. Personally I would prefer to have Purcell as part of a young cohesive team that learns how to win together. The Kings already have guys who've won the Cup before. What more can be said by someone who hasn't even won a round? What experience can Halpern possibly convey that O'Donnell, Scuderi, and Williams cannot?

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Originally Posted by Greasy Squid View Post
To trade dead weight for a solid fourth line PK specialist who is good in the Faceoff circle is HUGE. Just think about it.
... Funny, have YOU thought about it? Halpern was second among Tampa forwards in PK time and their PK is as bad as the Kings' is. The Lightning PK is arguably the worst element of their team; it's either their PK or their 5-on-5 play, and Halpern has been poor at both elements, so either way the facts don't support your case. A PK specialist on a bad PK is not a valuable man.

And you might want to get past YOUR emotions and make sure you know who you're actually referring to -- I thought you were saying all of these things about Terry Harper for a second, who might have helped the Kings at one point; unfortunately the man is 70 years old now and would more than likely have to see his ice time severely limited.

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