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02-23-2012, 07:19 PM
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King and Nolan are playing in the top 6 and you think this team has good depth?
Bringing up names like Lewis, Richardson, Parse, King, Nolan, Fraser, Westgarth ect isn't helping your argument. These guys are fringe NHLers. Every team has players like that, they're a dime a dozen.
Players like that are only a dime a dozen until they establish themselves on a winning team. A couple years ago when the Bruins were last in the NHL in scoring people would have said the same things about a lot of their players. Brad Marchand had 1 point in 20 games. Lucic had 20 in 50. Marco Sturm led that team in goals with 22. One year later they won the cup. The difference between a bad team with good players and a good team is not that drastic.
King and Nolan are only playing in the top six because Penner has been a total bust and Parse and Gagne are both hurt. Loktionov could have stepped up and grabbed a top-six spot but has really not shown all that much. Everything that could have gone wrong has gone wrong. There are so few teams in the league with six legitimate top six forwards that the fact that we entered the season with eight possible candidates (Kopitar, Richards, Brown, Williams, Penner, Parse, Gagne, Loktionov) was promising.
Somehow we're still in a playoff spot. It's not too late to salvage this season and I don't think trading for Carter is in any way negative long-term. We're adding one of the most established goal scorers in the NHL and trading away a guy who we can readily replace from within (Voynov). It's a smart move to me.
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