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07-08-2006, 09:18 PM
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Did Tom Poti get better defensivly? Yes. But that doesn't mean he was good at it, it just means he wasn't as bad.

So what was the overall picture? A guy who was better defensivly (maybe average at best) and had become below average offensivly.

Sorry but at that price, I'll pass.

Tom Poti is still all about "ifs" to me.

If he was a leader

If he played with more heart and intensity

If he could be defensive consistently

If he used his body

If he didn't poke check

If he could combine the offense/defense

If the timing is right

If he has the stay at home partner

To me that is just too many if's for a player with a non-spectacular payoff. If I'm going to accept that many if's and alter my team to build around a guy's strengths and weaknesses there has to be a REALLY big payoff like Jagr.

Poti wants to be a leader than he better not run his mouth to the press when the coach uses him as an example. Mike Keenan did the same thing to a younger Mike Richter and Brian Leetch and they responded by becoming Ranger legends. Tom Poti responded by putting on his on-ice weepy face. That is what seperates Tom Poti from being a player who is boo'd vs. one who is beloved.

Simply put I just don't think he gets it or ever will. The guy would've been eaten alive by coaches like Bowman or Lemaire or Keenan. No thank you.

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