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11-11-2010, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Legionnaire11 View Post
I totally agree that we can't put Dumont on the first line simply because we're paying him like a first liner. But like you said, this team does not have the luxury of paying Dumont's salary on the 4th line. So you either play him in top minutes, or you trade him so that you can use that salary slot on a guy who will get top minutes.

Of course there is a catch here. If he is still talented enough to play top minutes, then you can keep him there and enjoy his production. If he's not talented enough to play there, then who is going to trade for his salary and play him on their 3rd/4th line?

So the question is, has JP's skill decreased to the point where he is not able to play a top 6 role, or is it another matter between him and Trotz? If it's the first one then we're stuck with the current situation, if it's the second then there needs to be an intervention somewhere, Dumont needs to be in a top 6 role either because he can produce and Trotz needs to suck it up and deal with whatever he dislikes about JP, or he needs to be in a top 6 role so that the Preds can prove he is still capable and showcase him to potential trade partners.
How can anyone say that Dumont's skills have decreased. He was our leading points player for 2 seasons and was in the top 5 last year. You won't have points if you play on the 4th line just by simple logic. For one you don't get the minutes and another you don't have line mates that can score. Smithson could play on the number one line and wouldn't get 10 goals. Dumont on the other hand is capable of 20 plus goals. While others have explained that chemistry issue with some of the lines and they need time to develop the chemistry. I agree it takes time. If Trotz thinks more of D than he does O then Tootoo and Smithson are your guys. But your not going to get many goals. O'Reilly doesn't play good D and neither does Sully. But I don't expect them too. Their speed is supposed to make up for their lack of D. Someone says that you can't trade with a no trade clause and that is true. But Arnott had a no trade clause and they mutually agreed he would waive it because basically they didn't want him no more. The same with Dumont could happen. If Dumont wants to stay and despite the situation then there's nothing can be done. But it's not good for the team for player making that much not performing for whatever reason. Dumont makes more than Hornqvist. If Hornqvist and Smithson numbers are the same then we are in big trouble.

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