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08-06-2012, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by FlyingKostitsyn View Post
In our current situation Eller and especially Desharnais are cheap while Plekanec's cap hit and salary is just about right. There is no point in punishing Desharnais and Plekanec just to see if Eller can do better. Desharnais bounced Gomez because he was outproducing him playing on the 4th line. Eller hasn't shown he ''has it'' yet.
Eller hasn't shown it, but how can he possibly show it if Bourque is on his line?

I watched the games. Eller would make great passes and Bourque would fan. There's just no way for him to succeed in that role. Note that his goalscoring was actually reasonable.

It's also fair to say that Eller could be a great 3rd line center, but if he has the potential to be more we'd be selling ourselves short by developing him for that status.

Originally Posted by Estimated_Prophet View Post
You are easily the most irrational poster on these boards. Koivu pushed Turgeon out of Montreal and Desharnais supplanted Gomez because he outplayed him. These are facts that you would clearly see if you had even the slightest ability to recognize cause and effect.

Eller has not in any way demonstrated that he is ready to oust Desharnais or Plekanec out of the top six. If/when he does then there will be a move made, much like there was with Turgeon when we decided to go with Damphousse and Koivu.

Nobody can possibly be this dense, you must be a troll.
Gomez was playing good minutes at the start of last season. Let's not pretend that Gomez' injury had nothing to do with it.

October 6th, 2011, vs Toronto: Gomez played 17:10
October 9th, 2011 vs Winnipeg, Gomez played 18:49
October 13th, 2011 vs Calgary, Gomez played 17:13
October 15th, 2011 vs Colorado, Gomez played 16:45
October 18th, 2011 vs Buffalo, Gomez played 19:10
October 20th 2011 vs Pittsburgh, Gomez played 02:40.
Gomez doesn't play the following few games. Desharnais eventually becomes a top-2 center. He had about the same minutes as Desharnais in those games.

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