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01-16-2013, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Buddy The Elf View Post
It is my opinion that the proof is in the pudding. I don't think DL was leaving money on the table.
Again...opinion isn't proof, just like I have my own opinion that if Hickey was kept past camp he'd have trade value. You don't agree. That's fine. We can debate this until Hickey scores 93 goals in a season, let's just agree to disagree.

Originally Posted by Buddy The Elf View Post
Both. Drewiske plays a more stay at home style and is bigger than Hickey. And yes, I am saying the Hickey didn't earn it. If he had, he would have been given a shot before Martinez AND Voynov in the past 2 years.
As I have said before, I'd have been shocked if they gave Hickey a spot over A- Mart when A-Mart was recalled as Hickey was still recovering from the knee injury that cost him almost a full season and he wasn't fully game ready yet. How is that Hickey's fault?

As for Voynov, the guy is a legit NHL d-man, arguably a top 4 on some teams, and by all accounts Hickey was neck-in-neck with him at the 2011 trainging camp (the last one we've had btw) and I have yet to hear a Manchester fan yet say Voynov was better than Hickey this year in Manchester. Once again, no proof, but my speculation is that if Hickey had a smaller cap hit last year and if Voynov wasn't threatening to go back to Russia if he didn't make the NHL roster, we may have seen Hickey beat him out.

Originally Posted by Buddy The Elf View Post
I'll take management's opinion on a player over what a few people on a message board are saying any day.
Congrats. I do as well take in their input. I also recognize that some of our posters have a bit more credibility than others, and I will take into account their assessments, especially those who watch him first hand. They've typically been a good source of evaluation in the face of general fan bias on this forum towards certain players, positive or negative. If they would have been saying Hickey sucks all season, I'd be on your side of the coin and gladly waiving adieu to Hickey.

Management doesn't always make the right decision. If any fanbase should know that, it's the Kings fan base.

Originally Posted by Buddy The Elf View Post
If Hickey can't crack the Islanders roster, then he really don't deserve to be in the NHL.
No offense to the Islanders fans and the teams defense, but I agree completely (barring injury).

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