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NY Post 01/14/2013: Gaborik switches sides [to LW]
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01-14-2013, 12:35 PM
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Richards took time to adjust to playing on this team. He admitted that much himself. It had very little to do with suddenly getting the right players on his line. If Gaborik was so perfect for him, why wasn't he producing early on in the season where he
on a line with Gaborik?
Nobody is "comparing" Nash and Callahan. However, what nyr2k2 and I both demonstrated to you is that if you remove the PP production from a players point totals, you can make just about anyone look "pedestrian." Take away Shea Weber's PP numbers and he's a 25pt D-man and not a perennial Norris candidate.
Tortorella needed someone to replace Hagelin after he was suspended. Had he not been suspended, there's a high probability that he would have never even cracked the lineup. If it was Callahan who was suspended, he likely would have started on the 2nd line. If he was so perfect for the role, then he wouldn't have been removed from that role as soon as Hags returned to the lineup. Hell, I don't even think he lasted the entire game on the first line.
Right now, Hagelin and Callahan are both better options in the "role" that you're speaking of. Until Kreider can prove that he's a better option than either of them, he belongs on the 3rd line or in Hartford.
Yeah but even if either is a better option than Kreider in the top 6, but that will make Kreider useless. This way we may be weakening the top 6 a little but are significantly upgrading the 3rd line. Just watch we'll be getting Kreider is a bust thread because he's playing with mediocre offensive players on the 3rd line.
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