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12-18-2010, 06:38 AM
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The problem is in the details...
I don't know how many of Stajan's assists are with Iginla, Bourque or with other players but I do get the impression that as a secondary scorer he hasn't depended on the output of the team's best to generate points for himself. I've seen a few of his assists where he was huge in generating the play that got the goal. It's not like he's tacking on second assists from the top players on the team. I don't like that he isn't scoring goals and I do think it reduces his value but he has been contributing and is worth keeping on the top two lines.
I find it silly to claim that he's eating up PP time, at 2 min a game that puts him 10th on the roster. I don't think that there are many players on this team that currently deserve power play time, Stajan is at least producing.
Lastly about the comment involving his 55 point pace, it's a poor argument to stand on. Most teams don't have the luxury of employing 3 first line players that can do better than that pace, even Pittsburgh looks like they will only have 3 60+ point players at the end of the season, only one of them being on the first line (crosby). The distinction isn't that first line players on last place teams are generating 55 points, it's that their best players are generating that pace, which Stajan is not on this team, he isn't even in the top 5.
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