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11-26-2012, 01:23 PM
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I heartily disagree.
Burmi clearly hasn't been as good as hoped, but he's still a very effective two way player and can handle the defensive aspect of the game more then adequately enough to be a third line center.
Jokiniens only signed for two years, afterwhich antropov and ponikorovsky are off the books as well, so I don't see why you'd trade him? In two years we should be running one of scheif/little little/burmi burm/scheif as 1a)1b) centers, meaning the odd man out takes the third line(or rw).
The benfit here is all three of our centers are (or are projecting as) very competent defensively, meaning the odd man out would be perfectly at home centering your third line.
so what, you'd trad him just because he's playing back on the third line? Are we assuming burmi won't agree to play in the NHL in a third line role?? I'm sorry, i don't follow the rational that burmi is a top 6 or bust player when his main talents, currently, are those well suited to a defensive player.
He may never end up worth his draft status, but i'm fairly confident that by the time we admit that, the jig will be up and the rest of league will know it too so you won't be getting back more value. Why would you arbitrarily put a timeline on him AND declare him a top 6 or nothing player? Both of those seem to border more on decisions made in spite rather then in logic, or am i just missing something?
We can have differing opinions as to his future, I'm fine with that.
I'd arbitrarily put a timeline on him because he manages the puck poorly; I'm guessing that is exactly why he was in Noel's doghouse for parts of last year as NHL coaches put a premium on players that perform as instructed. NHL hockey is all about maintenance of possession. He won't be granted much more time to learn on the job I'm betting. He has lots of skill but the fact that he weighs but 175 pounds soaking wet and that he has been unable to manage the puck properly to date both work against him. Deciding to move in a different direction has exactly nothing to do with spite, FYI.
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