Thread: Larry Brooks: The reemergence of Brandon Dubinsky
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01-10-2012, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Tawnos View Post
We've seen this before in another thread about a certain controversial player. ruckus is under the mistaken impression that ice time fixes all woes when a player isn't playing up to his standard. The truth is that, if you're going to play like a 3rd or 4th line player, you're going to get 3rd or 4th line minutes until you show signs, in game, that you deserve to be put back into your spot. The rope is a little bit longer for someone like Gaborik or Richards. For Dubinsky, it's not. He was playing like a 3rd liner. He got 3rd line minutes. Now he's playing like a 2nd liner. He gets top 6 minutes.

There is nothing wrong with saying that a player hasn't lived up to his contract halfway through the season, because for most people, that's the same as saying he hasn't lived up to expectations. In the end, it's an issue of semantics. We expect Dubinsky to be a 2nd liner. He wasn't playing like one. Dubinsky is paid like a 2nd liner. He wasn't paying like one. What's the difference? That being said, if Dubinsky ends up with 45-60 points, which I think is pretty likely to happen, at the end of the season I think we should all be saying that he lived up to his contract. When looking at the whole season, it doesn't really matter when he put up his points. We are capable of analyzing and judging what he's done so far while still realizing that he can change our opinion of his season with his production.
This is a post that benefits from perspective and a generous amount of level headed thinking.

Many of the posts regarding Dubi during the first 30 games were absent any of that. It was a lot of hysterical whining and demands that he should be traded.

So, hopefully that's all behind us.

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