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03-06-2010, 05:19 PM
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You can attribute some of that to Jokinen, but it's not his fault he's played for crap organizations (Florida, Isles, bad Kings, etc...) and he's hardly alone (Shane Doan, anyone?) in that department. Besides, Gomez is largely the same in your estimation and he won a Cup. I'd take Jokinen over Gomez, Scott really rubbed me the wrong way.
Jokinen isn't a franchise player, but he's not a bad investment if his contract isn't terrible and he's centering your 2nd line. Besides, we got rid of Kotalik.
Gomez won a Cup because on the Devils he was a role player. He was hidden by their talent and their system.
Investing in players with poor hockey sense is the worst thing you can do for your team, and players like Gomez and Jokinen are about as dumb as top six players get. Playing with players like that is also detrimental for youth. They can't possibly play their own game well when bums like Gomez or Jokinen are wasting so much potential offensive zone time.
Signing Jokinen would be a big, big mistake. A team without talent needs to be smarter than the opposition. When Jokinen is on the ice, that's a battle you aren't likely to win.
Lots of teams have the same problem (scoring) that the Rangers do - Devils, Bruins, Coyotes, Blues, etc... It's an epidemic.
Bruins didn't have that problem when they had Kessel...and with Toronto's pick, they'll be able to fix it.
The Yotes...with Turris, there wasn't any forward that was so great there. They got unlucky.
Devils have Parise and Zajac, plus Tedenby on the way. They'll be fine.
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