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01-31-2013, 06:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Tarus View Post
Last time Whitney was healthy, he was a close to point per game defenseman with one of the best breakout passes in the league. The team would be monumentually stupid not to give him a chance to get his game together, his value to the team(either on the ice or in a trade) is important to the franchise.

You don't just toss him into the trash heap after 5 games in a lockout year with no training camps for a guy signed to provide depth for an AHL farm team.
He doesn't have any mobility or strength on the one leg! That much is obvious! He can't even pivot on it and he has literally lost every foot race I've seen him get in this year.

I don't think they owe him anything. If he plays like crap, he doesn't play. If he plays well, sure keep him in there.

But it's not like playing him more often is going to magically fix the biggest problem with his game, his injured leg. The team is in the business of winning games, not wishing upon shooting stars. Whitney will never be the player he once was, but he can be a useful #5/6. If he plays well, you play him. If he doesn't, you don't. Pretty simple.

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