Tim Murray from Lake Placid
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08-11-2012, 11:04 PM
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Alfie also had more time to figure it out if he needed it.
Nobody was taking a job away from Alfredsson in 1995.
Butler had no margin for error. There is too much of a backlog to be too patient with any player, and that is a very different circumstance than Alfie faced.
Not to slight Alfredsson in the least. Obviously his longevity and 1000 point career speaks for itself.
I would say that more than anything else, Alfie's Calder trophy probably guaranteed him 3-4 years of uninterrupted goodwill.
Regardless of the state your franchise is in, a player who puts together a season as thoroughly terrible as Butler did last year will punch their ticket off the NHL roster pretty much every time.
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