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03-27-2010, 12:44 AM
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Join Date: Nov 2009
... Yeah, as for Purcell -- what's done is done. It's obvious he wasn't in the team's future plans, and I wouldn't have had a problem with him being traded if it were not for an unproductive player at the obvious end of his rope in Halpern.
I find it silly to crow about Halpern's 8 minutes of supposedly effective PK time when he's played 100 minutes of decidedly ineffective 5-on-5 time. He's been poor on faceoffs, he's been invisible along the wall, he rarely hits anyone, and he has all of 4 shots on goal in the 10 games he's played.
He's touted as a PK specialist but he averages about as much PK time per game (48 seconds/G) as Ryan Smyth (42 seconds/G). So, are we calling Ryan Smyth a PK specialist as well? Let's just get some clarification here. Randy Jones sees 45 seconds per game on the PK. He's a defensive specialist? Handzus, Kopitar, Frolov, Stoll, Richardson, and Modin all get the PK nod before Halpern if we're going strictly by time per game for the Kings' forwards.
As for being solid in the room, no one knows that but the players IN that room -- and again, it goes back to the question of -- how useful is veteran leadership from players who can't get the job done on the ice anymore? It's the same tired argument here. Halpern is right in the mold of the Scott Thorntons, the Alyn McCauleys, the Brian Willsies; those useless has-been losing players that Lombardi seems to have this silly and confounding fondness for ... it is baffling that he can't (or won't) quite see where the leadership of this team is generated.
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