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02-21-2013, 11:59 PM
Join Date: Mar 2007
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There were significantly prolonged stretches last year he played invisible or just as poorly as this. Based on his age and contract length AND sample size with the Rangers it's too early to say CUT HIM THIS INSTANT but it certainly makes sense to start evaluating alternatives to keeping him
Agreed. He looked lost at points last season. But the fact is, he finished strong with us. 39 points in 41 games March through May is tough to complain about. Especially when you saw some of his performances in the post season. Even with his prolonged stretches last season, he finished with 66 points (not great for him, but good enough to be considered a #1 center).
A rough start to one season (and a rough start to last season too... a rough half of last season). He has been wildly inconsistent. I get it. But this is a knee jerk reaction IMO. Because if you go based on how he finished last season, he was a big time player for us. Give him the opportunity to redeem himself.
If we make the post season, and he leads the team in scoring again, and once again finds a way to score several timely goals for us, people will be singing a different tune.
I really feel is "what have you done for me lately" and the NY attitude everyone has where they ALWAYS expect results immediately (especially when bloated contracts are involved).
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