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01-15-2013, 03:49 PM
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Originally Posted by kingsfan View Post
A) As I said, guys get hurt all the time. Besides, as others have mentioned, they may have been holding out knowing had to waive Hickey. If he didn't, there might have been trade value.

Besides, DL should have cut bait no later than the start of last season when Voynov made the team over Hickey. We had multiple D-men on the pro rosters (I beleive 8 when everyone was healthy). I do not agree with your assessment that Hickey held no value either, but neither of us can prove that so let's just leave that as is.
Yes, teams may have been holding out knowing he might be waived. If a guy was worth ANYTHING to you, don't you think you would give up a peanut rather than risk somebody else claiming him ahead of you? The obvious answer is nobody felt it was worth the risk to give up anything. They don't want give up assets because Hickey is far from a sure thing. Waiver wire costs you nothing. Trading for him means you have to open a roster spot for a guy with no experience or risk losing him for nothing like the Kings did. I don't I understand how you can think Hickey had any value. DL just chose to give him away for free?

Originally Posted by kingsfan View Post
B) Drewiske has proven he can play the role of Peter Harrold 2.0, that's it. ANd of course Drewiske has 100% more experience than Hickey. He also has 100% more expereince than Nail Yakupov too. That means nothing in terms of actually ability. If Hickey can't even do what Drewiske does, then I retract all of my statements about Hickey and gladly except the fact he's gone. Hell, if he can't sit in a press box 75 games a season and play about 13 minutes a game the rest of the time, then Hickey should have been cut years ago. When it comes to Drewiske it has little to do about skillset and a lot to do about a guy who can jump in and eat a few minutes without getting destroyed out there. He's not doing anything other than giving the other 5 D-men a chance to suck on a water bottle. He's not filling in for anyone in particular, and certainly not Mitchell.
Drewiske has proven he can play at the NHL level when needed. Hickey hasn't in 5 seasons since being drafted. If Hickey could do Drewiske's job better than him, he'd still be here. He can't and wasn't given a chance to because he didn't earn it like the 3 guys ahead of him on the depth chart did. Nail Yakupov was drafted last year, not 5 seasons ago. Apples and oranges. My point is Drewiske has playey however many games he has played at the NHL level because management feels confident he can do his job when needed. The opposite of Hickey is true which is why he isn't here. And regards to Drewiske's skillset, yes, that is exactly what he will do. Something Hickey has not shown he can. Hickey was surpassed on the depth chart by a bunch of players who were drafted after him.

BTW, if Hickey gets waived by the Islanders will you be singing a different tune?

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