*OFFICIAL* Kitchener Rangers 2012-13 Season Thread
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11-05-2012, 03:31 PM
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Regarding the proposed benching of Murphy, it won't happen. This is not a leauge where all players are treated the same and get the same treatment when they make mistakes. It's major junior hockey, and it's arguably the top developmental league in the world. Someone as good as Murphy is going to play big minutes all day long, as they should. Role players are going to have a shorter leash, as they do in any legitimate league. It's the same in the NHL. Dion Phaneuf can turn the puck over all he wants, he's still going to leaned on to play big minutes. If Cody Franson does the same thing, he's going to sit. That's just the reality of the game. The benefits of having a Ryan Murphy play every other shift far outweigh the consequences. For every turnover that results in a chance for the other team, there's several Rangers scoring chances created by Murphy, and that's what makes him great.
I beg to differ thus far this season:
Murphy has 12 points in 17 games. Within those 17 games, a 3 game stretch accounted for 8 of those 12 points.
That means in the 14 other games, he has generated 4 points, and a combined -5.
Sure you dont sit the kid, but the people who are arguing that he is playing fine are either blind or havent been watching.
He has generated nothing offensively aside from that 3 game stretch, has been a defensive liability, and has taken several foolish minor penalties.
Stop just looking at the name on the jersey and the player he is supposed to be, and start looking at the player we've got.
Yes he can be better, Yes I expect he will get better (as he did last season after his disasterous start) but lets not pretend that he is playing well.
He isnt and its pretty plain and simple, pretty obvious.....
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