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01-22-2013, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by VanIsle View Post
I miss Ryder and Pouliot, they were consistantly riddiculed by fans and posters here, but when they leave you see how good they are for 3rd liners, Ryder is an exception as the hate he got on here for his last season (18 goals) was un-warranted.

Give Bourque time, Lundvquist has a 4+ GAA so should NY trade him? Give young guys (Bourque) time to develop and obtain chemistry with Peverley and Kelly, and you never know what can happen.
This is what drives me crazy about this place. Ryder was not supposed to be a 3rd liner. He was brought in and paid to be a top 6, but gave such a lackluster effort he ended up on the freaking 3rd line, FFS. Pouliot was brought in as insurance for Caron and was fine for that role, since he wasn't being overpaid like Ryder. In a perfect world, having a guy with the skill and abilities of a Ryder for your third line is great if you can swing it. In reality though, he was not and should not have been on the third line. That's why he caught crap from people, and it was deserved.

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