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02-08-2013, 12:36 PM
16 To Stanley*
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A view of the game? What does even mean? Boyle is overrated by this fan base, this coach and the those who announce our games. But many on this board have eyes, are not distracted by him being a nice guy and see him for what he is; an average 4th line center with almost no offensive ability at all. if you watch the Devils or the Bruins you will see 4th line players that can wear their opponent down with puck protection. They may not have great shots and so they don't score alot, but they do have a role in the O-zone. BB does not have these skills and subsequently is an average 4th line. And his FO skills are good but let's not pretend he's Craig McTavish here.
Asham has a different role one which has kept him in the league for a long time. He is not a goon. he is with a new team in a new system. As the year goes on his positioning and instincts with the puck will improve and he will bury a few with the shot that he has. He is a better player than BB and he can fight which is invaluable on this current roster, unless you want to dress Stu Bickle.
Boyle is an ABOVE AVERAGE fourth liner. And why is fighting in the game relevant anymore. O right, it's not. This isn't the 70's where you need to dress a fighter. That time has passed. Boyle is a better rounded player than Asham.
You're acting like Asham is going to start burying a ton of chances as well. The most goals he scored in his career was 15, that was 10 years ago. the last two, he's had a whopping 5 goals. Over the last 5 years, his totals have amount to 6, 8, 10, 5 & 5. Why are you expecting that to suddenly change?
this is coming from someone who actually liked the asham signing (and the way he's played as well). But, if we're talking about an odd man out (and i'm still not convinced JT & Kreider are sticking here through the season, miller more so), but if they do, i think it will be Asham who becomes the expendable. Boyle just brings so much more. You're not supposed to rely on your 4th line for offense, if they chip in, it's a bonus.
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