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01-23-2013, 11:34 PM
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Tangradi needs to actually show something in whatever role he gets to stay with the big club. You put him on the 4th line, he does nothing. You put him on Malkin's, he does nothing.
There is something to what you're saying but I also think a good deal of it is Tangradi just sucks. Joe Vitale earned his way into the lineup by showing things in limited playing time. So did Tyler Kennedy, if anyone remembers back that far.
Yet for some reason a lot of this board throws a tizzy when Bylsma or the team keep Tangradi on the 4th line or out of the lineup. They've more than given him a chance. Like Brooks said earlier in the thread, there's a reason guys like Tangradi, Caputi, etc get benched or yo-yoed around: it's because they aren't very good hockey players.
While you may be right and admittedly Jiggy is comparing Tangradi to several guys on the Flyers with much higher pedigree, the argument that you never really got a chance to find out with Tangradi because his development was so badly handled is no less reasonable (guys with comparable or lower pedigree who have been handled properly have become top six players before . . . quite a few to be precise).
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