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08-19-2011, 11:32 AM
NYR Sting
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Originally Posted by wolfgaze View Post
What a bunch of crap. He skated all over our line-up and eventually played his way onto the bottom 2 lines. His game fell off faster than everyone anticipated, that's all. It was no fault of Tom Renney or John Tortorella... That's a cop out.
You're making our argument for us. He played his way onto the bottom 2 lines? He was a 3rd line center! That's where he was supposed to be. I remember specifically showing you line combinations and threads from Sabre fans telling you that at even strength, he was a third line center.

He skated all over our lineup because the Rangers were too stupid to figure out that he's not a skill player, that he's not a playmaker, but kept trying to force him into those roles. His game falling off is irrelevant here. And when huge chunks off his offense came from playing in front of the net on the PP, what do you expect is going to happen when he's not getting those opportunities? Duh. He's not going to score nearly as many points. Renney at least tried him there sometimes. Tortorella almost never gave him those opportunities. The rare occasions that he did, he abandoned it after a game, if not a period.

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