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06-30-2011, 10:27 PM
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Originally Posted by SML View Post
Look, I like the guy a lot. But I'm not getting attached to a sign at all costs type of plan. He's a great Ranger. But he's a high end 3rd/lower second liner who plays his ass off every night. Any talk of anything near 5M is just crazy talk. For the long term good of the team you just can't get too emotionally connected, and I know that's difficult. But I root for the logo on the front of the sweater, not the name on the back. And you don't hamstring yourself for years out of loyalty right now. You'd think we, of all fans, would see that.
LOW end 2nd liner? He's a legitimate 2nd line RWer right now, I don't see how you can say differently. His GPG average over 82 games this season would have clocked him in at 30 goals and 55+ points. Add in all the other stuff he does; such as relentlessly forecheck and backcheck, hit like a freight train, and kill penalties; and you cannot deny that he is a top-6 forward on every team in the NHL.

(Excuse the choppy English. )

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