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12-03-2011, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by KeithBWhittington View Post
Bass and Boll both give the team SOMETHING on the ice... Brass, seemingly, doesn't give them anything when he's out there and playing him for the sake of playing him (on the fourth line) doesn't help him or the team.... He's already proven that trying to motivate him to play better isn't working.....
. The problem here is not specifically Brassard. The real issue is that the organization from the beginning has drafted poorly. Part of this has been due to bad luck (drafting position, when we entered the league, etc). Drafting is a very inexact science. See Jaclj's series of article last year over on ten minute misconduct. That being said Cbj have not been able to have the no-brainer picks dumped in their lap. All this suffering should be rewarded (look at Edmonton). In our case the gm is trying to cover up these failures by buying pieces to a puzzle. Problem is that this is just what he's got, a bunch of pieces. So what are let with? A bunch of middling young players who are overmatched most nights, veterans who were successful pieces of real teams, and guys who were never expected to be 1st or 2nd pair contributors (Mckenzie, Dorsett, Boll). At the end of the day this situation is hard to rectify because folks don't want to pay top dollar for our draft failures (Klesla, Picard, Brule, Zherdev, Brassard, Leclaire,etc). The jury is still out on Moore and Johansen and possibly Vorachek. The only real success is Nash. So let's not be to harsh on Brassard, he is what he is and that's not a 1 pick. If you want to blame anyone, blame the organization by placing your tickets in the bonfire with the rest of the money they've thrown away this season.

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