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11-04-2010, 06:52 PM
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It's great that Pacioretty wants to improve, that he seeks stability with his elusive confidence, that he sees himself as a top 6 forward. All great.
But as an employee vs his boss, he had no business criticizing the way Jacques Martin handled him last year.
And as a player vs future teammates, it was uncalled for to pretend he wouldn't develop in the NHL as a 3rd or 4th line forward. It's a slap in the face for the guys in Montreal who have grinded their way to the NHL and are fighting every day to keep their job.

Conventional wisdom says that it's always better to let a player dominate the AHL before making him graduate in the bigs. Fine. But even dominating in the AHL doesn't guarantee translated success in the NHL (see Tim Tookey, Alexandre Giroux, Keith Aucoin, heck Bruce Boudreau himself). The AHL is a different game, and it's also a slower game. You've got a second to look for your options or to shoot, and that second disappears in the NHL.
So yeah, it's better to dominate in the AHL rather than arrive unprepared in the NHL. But there will still be an adjustment and some growing pains once you reach the bigs. This attitude of "I'm untitled to..." shows poor judgment from the kid. He's only 21, and he still has stuff to learn on being a pro.

Pacioretty could be a very useful player to this team and I understand why so many of you are high on him. It's just that he would have been much better off keeping the finger-pointing to himself.
You know... shut up and play.

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