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06-20-2010, 04:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Goncharz View Post
Guerin gets a lot of flak which is often justified for the way he loses battles, but the truth is that his point totals have been consistent for the past few years. We got a player who wasn't known at the time for speed and more than 50 points a season, and that's the guy we have. On the other hand, since Whitney is still very skilled and speedy for a guy his age, we would get a veteran who can still hit 70+ points and would be expected to shoulder more of the offensive load for the team. He's also still got the legs that Guerin didn't really have when he came over from the NYI and the passing skills Guerin lacks.

My point is that the comparison between the two players is unfair because when Guerin got here he wasn't a 60-75 point player, he was a 45 point player who scored in that range and then was criticized and expected to do more. Unrealistic expectations are what made we fans believe that Guerin fell off a cliff because of old age when in reality he was performing at about where he should have.
Perfectly said and it's also why people need to get off the idea of getting Whitney on a one year deal. It's not going to happen and even if he desperately wants to go to the Pens he'll take two years from another team. He's a better player at this stage than Guerin is, so to expect having to fork over anything less than 2 years/$6m is incorrect in my opinion.

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