Alex Semin - Plan B
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07-02-2012, 05:36 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Long Island, NY
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What year do you think it is?
First of all, your categories are pretty silly. "Shot blockers" aren't types of players. Is Girardi a "shot blocker" or is he a solid defensive defenseman who blocks shots because that the hallmark of this team's defensive system? Is Callahan a "shot blocker" or one of the best two-way forwards in the game right now? Also, players like Richards, Gaborik, McDonagh and others don't fit in your boxes.
Second, every player "has a choice," including rookies. The young guys on this team aren't here solely because they can't go anywhere else. Anyone can demand a trade and make a scene. That'd get any player shipped out of NYR pretty quick.
Third, what "former glory days guys" do we have?
Lastly, how was this team 11th in goals for if Hank is the whole team? How do Gaborik's 76 points or Callahan's 29 goals or McDonagh's ridiculous defense all year long fit in with Hank being the whole team?
Semin not meshing with Torts isn't about Torts only being willing to coach certain players, its about a team wanting players who fit in with their team mentality and their offensive and defensive systems. That's how you build successful teams. That's why the old NYR teams that were just collages of expensive players couldn't do anything and that's why last years team led the conference for a huge chunk of the year. You establish a culture and you get players who fit into it. Having said that, maybe Semin feels he really has something to prove since he's been absolutely blasted in the media. If he's willing to do whatever is asked of him in order to prove everyone wrong, including playing in NYR's system, give him a short contract and bring him over. I doubt there will ever be a time where he'd be worthless in a trade - he's a solid goal scorer regardless of how much of a head case he is or isn't, and at this point they can get him for cash only.
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