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04-25-2011, 09:21 PM
Join Date: Dec 2008
Let's face it
If the kid's name was "Joey Peters" and he grew up small town America nearly every poster on this board would be exclaiming how the kid is an integral part of the team's future,blah,blah blah. But instead, he's a "lazy Russian floater".
"Below average sturdiness along the boards. Maybe the worst on the team. "
Right, EC says hello. As does #10. I'm assuming you don't remember how the Pack Line would cycle the puck and dominate along the boards, with the most zone possession of any of our 4 lines in any given game when they played together.
He's going to be 23 years old next season, matched Dubi/Cally's sophomore numbers and was a key part of our most consistent offensive line all season (and don't underestimate AA's impact on that line either. Dubinsky himself admitted Arty was a huge factor in their success). Torts has also said multiple times he loves the kid and considers him very coachable. In general, he's made great progress this season and according to interviews, isn't particularly impressed by it saying he still has a ways to go.
Why are all of you so quick to trade the kid?
If we get a solid top line with Richards to play along Gabby, then I would be completely ecstatic if we had the Pack Line as a great #2 unit. If AA bulks up and improves on FOs then they will be a very dangerous line next year.
Why **** with chemistry? It's obvious these guys have it, so why break it up.
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