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09-30-2011, 09:02 AM
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It's funny that in your call for discussion you question why certain types of posts are even allowed on here. That just makes it appear that you only want varying degrees of your own opinion, not true divergence of ideas.

Two huge questions remain around bringing Hartnell back. The first would his return help fix the one area in which the Preds have lacked the past few seasons, 5on4 play? He's averaged 6 PP goals over the past three seasons ... for comparison Ryan Jones was traded away averaging 4 per season with the Preds with less time and Arnott had as many PP goals in his final three seasons with the Preds as Hartnell has in four seasons with the Flyers. Secondly, if it is deemed he would help fix the hole that is 5on4 play, can Poile get him without creating other holes or jeopardizing the team over the next couple years? I don't see him helping with our lacking PP faceoff percentage, he might help some on zone entry, but we'd still lack a QB for the man advantage.

The Preds have had 30+ goal scorers in two of the past three seasons without it translating to power play success. What the Preds haven't had in the past few seasons is a true QB for the PP ... or a good face off % with the man advantage ... or anything resembling a consistent zone entry on the PP.

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