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10-29-2010, 11:53 AM
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We already have a scoring, natural RW on this team to fill that hole. And Carter is a better center than him at this point to boot.
Nathan Horton, natural scoring RW. Jerome Iginla, natural scoring RW. Claude Giroux, a guy who is a pass first player which is better suited for the center of the ice where he has more space to create for other players.
I love how injuries are viewed as excuses. If I cut off a players arm... and he sucked at playing the sport, would that be an "excuse?" Look, injuries matter... you want to win ****, you generally need to remain healthy. It's remarkable that we advanced through the playoffs given the injuries that we had... injuries are a primary reason last year was such a struggle during the regular season. Hell, if Ray Emery doesn't get hurt, John Stevens may not have been fired.
Lack of heart, guts, call it whatever injury you want. Carter is not the type of player who is ever going to have success in the playoffs unless it is a no-contact beer league, with the Championship trophy being a case of Victory Golden Monkey.
Go break your feet and start walking around when they're not fully healed... you'll feel it. Then imagine trying to skate around in the most competitive hockey league in the world. Go separate your shooting side shoulder, and then try to take a wrist shot... from personal experience with a mildly injured shoulder, it 1) hurts like a *****; and 2) you lose a lot of power. If your game is built around your... shot... that's a big time injury to have.
Gagne came back injured and contributed. Blair Betts played all season with an injured shoulder. Plenty of guys are injured in the playoffs. I get it, the China Doll just could not stay healthy come crunch time.
When Briere was Carter's age today, he had played in 6 playoff games, registering 3 pts and a -4. He didn't get to the playoffs again until he was 28 (so, in his prime
So let's go give Carter a 10 year $6mill contract and make him happy then so we can see him at age 30 attempt to do what Briere did last playoffs.
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