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[MTL/CGY] Cammalleri, Rämö & 2012 5th for Bourque, Holland & 2013 2nd (Part II)
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01-13-2012, 12:00 PM
Join Date: Nov 2010
Part of the reason goal scorers struggle in Montreal is because there is too many of the same type of player. Of course there numbers will lower when every guy on the line is trying to do the same thing, when there is noone to set up players - just small one dimensional scorers who rely on being streaky.
Look at how a player like Cole who brings variety to the lineup has thrived by using speed and skill and size. He's able to battle and fly through defenses to create his own chances. Kovalev could do this, too. Kostitsyn can do it. Robert Lang. Even Tanguay (who had an impressive .8 PPG here while getting screwed around by Carbonneau and battling injury..). All sorts of different offensive players who brought something different to the table do/did just fine here.
Is it any surprise that a line of Cammalleri-Gomez-Gionta, or Cammalleri-Plekanec-Gionta, etc would struggle to put up huge numbers? Not really. Especially when the head coach would use them to play against their strengths. You don't put Cammalleri out as a shutdown winger. You need to get him out against 2nd or 3rd line opposition, because he's not dynamic enough to mess up defences on his own! Doesn't have the speed (might be something to do with shotty knees) the size or the agressive nature to do it alone.
Problem is we pay our complimentary payers superstar cash, Gauthier is fixing that problem by bringing in or locking up guys who produce the same amount as Cammy, etc (such as Cole and now Bourque and hopefully Kostitsyn) for 2-3 million cheaper.
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