Thread: Larry Brooks: Rangers will pay if Shelley leaves
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06-28-2010, 08:33 AM
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I think that many posters are missing the point of Brook's article. Shelley was an incredibly important factor in the locker room when he was traded here at the end of last season. Due to various reasons, there had been issues (i.e. dissension) in the locker room leading up to that point that had probably caused the team to hit a downward spiral. Most teammates and observers credit Shelley for fixing that issue. So he is more than just an aging goon to this team at the moment... he basically is their "locker room captain". Posters who are saying to dump him because we can replace him with youth are completely missing the point.

Now does that mean that Brooks is right to resign him to a Brashear contract? I hope not. But understand Shelley's importance to the team before writing him off.
On the other hand, that was last year, and the team will undoubtedly change some this year, so it may be a different dynamic

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