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02-21-2013, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by NYR Sting View Post
Helped lead the team to the Conference Finals last season, easily the most successful season in 15 years, and because he's playing poorly for one month, he should be "stripped of his A."

Got it.

Fedotenko, Prust, Anisimov and Dubs also all helped to varying degrees. Brad helped more than any of those guys but the amount that he helped isn't nearly as high as it should be based on the player he was before he came to us. Now this year he is playing himself out of a contract. If he plays like this the rest of the year it's easy and probably correct to shed a contract like that. Were he on a reasonable deal with only 3 years left then you keep him but geez what do we have him SIX more years. Based on what usually happens to players that do exactly what Brad is doing and decline at exactly the same age it would be dangerous to keep him.

If you feel this spurt of bad play will be a thing of the past and that he will be what he was last year for the next 3 or 4 years then yea you keep him. Clearly you feel that way and there's nothing wrong with that he was a phenomenal player and this is a lockout shortened weird season. But the other guy and everyone thinking about buying him out is 100% justified for debating the merits of a buyout. You are being very ignorant and quite frankly insulting by implying that talk of a buyout is crazy based on the reasons you gave when you look at his age and his actual play for the Rangers overall not just from march to the Game 5 against washington.

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