Thread: Proposal: Bobby Ryan To Washington
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11-04-2012, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Ducks DVM View Post
Johansson wouldn't have beat out Koivu for the second line center position in Anaheim the last two years and would have been left in juniors/AHL as well. As far as a "much more competitive team" goes, the Capitals only have 8 and 12 more points the last 2 seasons - swap divisions from the doormat southeast to the hypercompetitive Pacific and those numbers could easily flip - the Ducks are 6-4-2 vs the Southeast and the Capitals are 3-9-1 vs the Pacific over the last two years. All that's obvious is that Johansson has been proven to put up points when he has an all-star on his wing. Holland hasn't had a chance to prove anything one way or the other, and his AHL play indicates he deserves that shot.
Johansson plays 2RW in DC, so he wouldn't even compete with Koivu a whole lot.
Talking about divisions... Crazy talk. Yes, your division is stronger, but you don't have NYR, Boston, Pittsburgh and Philly in the Western Conference. The only team from the West close in regular season performance is Vancouver and maybe Chicago.

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