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10-27-2010, 01:46 PM
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Dude, in all seriousness you need to get some bit of objectivity. There is
"well rounded" about Briere's game. Nothing.
Giroux isn't a strong defensive center at all in his own right, so calling him "well rounded" isn't really an accurate reflection of reality either.
BTW, it's still amazing to me that a dude who spent the vast majority of his hockey life playing right wing is now a "natural" center.
Jeff Carter, square peg, meet round hole. Given the choice would you take Giroux or Carter? This is basically the situation.
As far as Giroux, he played RW in Gatineau but if you followed him during his career there he actually also spent some time playing center, he is versatile, something Jeff Carter is not. Giroux makes players around him better. Jeff Carter, well he makes Jeff Carter better. Claude Giroux has taken twice as many facefoffs this season for a 49.5% rate, Jeff Carter has taken 51 faceoffs at a 54% rate. Claude Giroux has been given the offensive zone faceoffs over Carter by the coach, even though Jeff Carter is a superior centerman. Can you not see where this is going? Just because a guy has talent and skills does not always make him the best choice to win a championship.
Thus, given the choice if Homer can get value in return to get a natural winger to complement guys like Giroux who make players around them better then the TEAM is better off even if it means sacrificing a guy who statistically looks good.
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