Not Pointless, But . . .
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10-20-2003, 02:18 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Compare what he did...
in PITT to New York. In PITT...consistenly around 22 minutes per night. He played the right side. He played the PP point, usually out there for at least 1:30 (and sometimes on the point late in games). He often played on the PK. He did have revolving linemates, but his role/position was always the same.
Now in New York. Start with the Campbell era. Jerked around. Sometimes on the PK, sometimes not. Sometimes getting under 10 minutes per game.
Things improved under Muckler, but Esa Tikkanen ruined it for an entire line that saw Kovalev, a puck hog, play with the greatest passer of all time and Tikkanen, a puck hog. Result: didn't work.
Come back to New York...he's on the left side, playing 18 minutes per game, with no PK time.
Why is it that when someone comes to New York his role change? Holik had success with Brylin and McKay in Devils, played the PP, not the PK, and played less than 17 minutes per night. In New York, he should follow that model. No PK. PP time (not just between periods) and playing with Barnaby and Lundmark, or even Rucinsky.
And that's one of the main reasons why UFAs have not worked. Their roles change here. Everything looks different here. And when they fail, then they're moved and nothing changes, except faces. Gotta put players in positions in which they have the greatest potential to succeed and help the team. There should not be any of this 'they get $9 million per year and should succeed wherever I put them' crap.
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