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Now that the Wild have picked up Parise and Suter...
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09-07-2012, 02:03 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
It's more that he's always the go-to guy in the top six. Sorry, but when you disappear down the stretch in terms of production in back-to-back years, you deserve some of that. I'd get down on Clutter too but he's making half the money and at least plays that physical pest game.
The other bit is that he really doesn't generate any offense to speak of with his linemates, which again drags down the top six. Even Brodziak managed to do a little more by aggressively forechecking. Cullen just doesn't bring much to the table outside of a little bit of forechecking pressure on the LW (basically rushing the D's breakout pass).
I also think part of it is that as fans we're bored of him. He brings little to the table. Kind of like when the Vikings dumped McNabb and went to Ponder last year...yeah maybe Ponder wasn't an improvement, but at that point it's low risk, high reward to get someone else in. Why bother with a 15g/30pt guy in the top six compared to maybe a young kid with upside, a different grinder who could shine in a top six role, or even a waiver wire pick up?
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