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11-13-2012, 10:20 AM
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No he isn't. Taylor started in the playoffs (so the whole 25 games thing is out the door) and is seeing the heavy lifting this year too. Irving is all but a bust now.
Irving was fine in the AHL, but was great as the NHL backup last year. He supplanted Karlsson as the backup - whenever the Flames actually planned for the backup to play Irving was called up and Karlsson would sit out.
Taylor was hot during the playoffs so the Heat stuck with him.
Because of his NHL time, Irving can't really play any more without passing through waivers. If the Flames thought he was a bust they'd just let him play in Abbotsford and expose him.
I'd say Irving has yet to meet expectations, but it's too early to say he's a bust. He'd be the NHL backup now if there was actually a season.
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