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02-25-2011, 09:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Andrew Knoll View Post
Just a quick chime-in reading some posts above, Moller was up briefly but it's pretty clear that he is a forgotten man vis-a-vis the big club. Murray says conciliatory things about him and his past contributions but overall it's clear he doesn't think he fits in this system and equally clear that he is correct.

Loktionov was playing out of necessity, they were ready to try Parse and he got hurt. Murray has said unequivocally that he does not want to confuse Schenn or Loktionov in their development, that they are centermen, and, unsurprisingly, he is also right about that. He may not be Scotty Bowman but he knows his team, he just cannot control every single thing about it.

The numbers on Sturm are OK but he gets good ice time, let's face it he hasn't been skating full speed ever as a King and speed is a big part of his game. He plays with good linemates pretty consistently and the guy is a pro but he's been a shell of himself, he hasn't been serviceable in nearly as many situations (vis-a-vis special teams as well as game situations) and he has been a disappointment.

I could also be saying most of these things about Ponikarovsky, only his injuries have not been as serious and he hasn't even put up numbers that could fool someone into thinking he's fared OK. In both instances, the moves were ill-timed, price-is-right deals if you ask me. They waited out the Kovalchuk situation and no one was left on the winger market with Poni, they had a deficiency that was exacerbated by injury and spent a month making a move that was long overdue and could have been more effective had they waited another week or two.

That said, they are still a winning hockey club with a bright future and deadline flexibility, so they are also doing a lot of things right.

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