How would you feel about bringing zherdev back next year?
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03-11-2010, 06:12 AM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Long Island/Plattsbu
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Losing Zherdev, Dawes, and Mara were all terrible decisions in my opinion.
Bring them all back.
Dawes is another fringe 2nd liner that might top 30 goals and isn't defensively strong enough to fit in on an ideal 3rd line. I miss Mara's toughness, but man does he get overrated here.
Z was the secondary scoring we let get away. So was Antropov while we're on the discussion. Sather chose the stupidest players to get cheap with, and then went out and spent money on a guy like Kotalik. You've gotta figure if he just stayed away from Kotalik and went with Antropov or Zherdev, our offense would be much more effective. I would've loved to see Antropov get a shot with Gaborik, especially if Dubinsky was on that line — we'd control the puck everytime they were on the ice.
If our first line was Prospal-Christensen-Gaborik and our second line had Dubinsky, Zherdev, and either Anisimov, Drury, Jokinen, etc. our top 6 would come close to looking what a top 6 should actually look like, and it'd also allow players like Sean Avery and Ryan Callahan to play in a roll more suitable for them.
I mean, I hate the what if game, but you want to talk about Sather mess-ups and the value of Zherdev, just look at how abysmal our offense is. Even when they score 3 or 4 goals, they just don't control the puck well in the offensive zone and eat up clock.
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