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08-12-2012, 11:16 PM
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Originally Posted by eva unit zero View Post
The only things Abdelkader does better than Emmerton are take faceoffs and hit. Emmerton is a better offensive player, he simply wasn't given the opportunity Abdelkader was last year. Abdelkader is able to play much more offensively on the wing and created far more offense from the wing than he did at center. The same is true of Emmerton, but Emmerton spent a much larger portion of his season in the middle while playing fewer minutes with weaker linemates.
Emmerton hasn't been any good offensively since his days in Kingston. Abdelkader is better offensively, much better defensively, more physical, a better face-off man, he can kill penalties and has a better ratio of penalties drawn vs penalties taken.

Ice time isn't given, its earned and the reason Emmerton hasn't had much of a chance to play is because he is one of the worst players in the entire NHL.

There is a reason he has the worst corsi ratings in the league.

Originally Posted by eva unit zero View Post
The main difference between Abdelkader and Tootoo is that Tootoo is a better version of Abdelkader. At least currently. Hopefully "future Abdelkader" will be better than Tootoo. I think if Abdelkader really is trying to get a Helm-type contract that he has probably played his last game with the Wings; Helm is far more important to the team and will be so going forward. Abdelkader needs to figure out whether he is willing to accept his role with the team, or to spend his time waiting until he either gives in, or is traded to another team where the process starts all over again. I think the fact that Helm received $2.125, Tootoo received $1.9m, and Eaves was signed on at $1.2m a couple years back with an equal or better resume to what Abs has now, we get a fair idea of Abdelkader's value. He should probably get $1.25, if he gets over $1.5m he's getting overpaid, and if it's over $2m he has compromising pictures of Holland.
Agreed on Tootoo being a better version of Abdelkader and Helm being more important to the team but that doesn't mean we should or will cut him loose. The 4th line is better with both him and Tootoo on the 4th line and with Emmerton playing in Grand Rapids . I don't think there is any chance Abdelkader is gone unless a team specifically asks for him to be included in a trade. They wouldn't have qualified him if they weren't planning on signing him. He'll likely get a deal in the 1.5-1.8 million range which isn't really a bargain but it doesn't really make him overpaid. There are guys getting 4 a season who provide less than he does.

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