Around the NHL part 4: season's starting, so let's mock everyone else
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04-05-2012, 06:01 PM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Over/under on number of games it takes for Ruutu to score 34 goals? I'm guessing 145 games.
It's going to be a terrible contract no matter how you slice it, but hopefully our coaching staff can minimize the damage by not putting Ruutu in situations he doesn't belong just because his contract says he's one of our best offensive players. In other words, not on the first powerplay unit, or on 5-on-3s, or in the last minute when we're down a goal. Ruutu scoring 30 points a season would actually be a better situation for this team than Ruutu scoring 45 points a season while sabotaging the team in the process.
Ideally Ruutu would be on the 3rd line, but this is team is built like it's 2003 so the 3rd line is the shutdown line, and of course Ruutu and his inability to play defense don't belong there.
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