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05-26-2006, 04:01 PM
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This is the ugly side of pro sports. It's here today, gone tomorrow. Loyalty may be a two-way street, but we often find that one of the lanes is blocked.

This is why you must take David Climer's hockey articles with a grain of salt. Loyalty? Let's see…the Preds gave him a chance via the expansion draft to move to a new team with an increased role. He was paid great money to play the four best seasons of his career, and he was given the chance the past few years to play a third line center role that by the end he wasn't capable of. The Predators stuck by him through injuries and even offered him the captaincy. He showed loyalty by sticking it out through the hard times, and I don't want to dismiss Johnson's end of this, but the ultimate act of loyalty was offering him another year on the team at a handsome rate despite management knowing he probably wasn't capable of doing the job the way they'd like. Both sides were quite loyal throughout this whole ordeal, but the bottom line is that you have to perform. He simply is not an NHLer on the Predators. He's not good enough for third line duty and not really what we are looking for in a fourth line center.

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