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06-12-2012, 09:28 AM
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kasper11
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Originally Posted by HabsRock View Post
Excellent point.

Why pay through the nose when a young guy can do the job on the cheap. After 2 good seaons in the AHL, the kid clearly deserves a shot on the big team. also it will give the Islanders some money to spend on UFAs.
Because the young guy has never proven he can do it in the NHL. Grabner, Bailey, Okposo are other players who haven't proven they can consistently play on a high level. Bring in a proven top-6 player and let Rak fight in camp and earn a spot. If he outplays some vets, he gets time. If not, he doesn't. You don't just hand him a spot because he was successful at the AHL level.

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