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05-03-2006, 02:45 PM
nexus of the crisis
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Maybe so, but I still expect more of an all-around game from my top 2 line players. I don't care how many goals Ryder scores. Like I said unless he scores 50-60 you have to play
in at least 2 of the 3 zones.
Do you mean "well" or "adequately"? Because it seems like a pretty harsh divide to me to say a player needs to either score 50-60 goals OR play well in at least 2 of the 3 zones (which by the process of elimination means neutral and defensive).
Ryder was "adequate" in those two other zones in his rookie year, IMO.
He slipped a little bit below "adequate" this year, but... let's not forget that we're talking about a sophomore NHLer making $1M, eh? He has something to work on next year. He doesn't need to be crucified for it...
...yet. (The same play from a 10-year veteran on a $2M contract, would NOT be acceptable, but I think we really owe it to ourselves and our development program to allow a little bit of slack to a player in Ryder's position.)
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