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02-23-2013, 04:46 PM
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Originally Posted by FlyingKostitsyn View Post
I'm a Plekanec fan but he's not close to being ''vastly superior offensively'' to Desharnais.
He's a better offensive player.

What does "vast" mean? What I mean by "vast" is that in the same situation, having Plekanec on the ice will likely lead to an increase in the team +/- of 10 or more goals over the year. Plekanec has more speed, a better shot, and better puck distribution skills.

Originally Posted by FlyingKostitsyn View Post
I'm sure you're just angry because having a lot of good options and depth at center goes against your strategy of surgical tanking
Nothing to do with it.

I think the main reasons for the improvements in the team are:
1) An absence of injuries (not expected, not predictable even in hindsight)
2) superior coaching from Therrien (not expected, but predictable in hindsight)
3) Emergence of Galchenyuk (not expected, but predictable.)
4) Emergence of Gallagher (not expected, and nobody on these boards predicted that for this year)
5) Bourque's rise compensating for the fall of Cole. (not expected, but people were predicting a strong cole and a weak bourque which is equivalent).
6) Gomez buyout (predictable, expected, and I failed to account for it). Gomez sucked and the 14 minutes he played per game were handicapping the team.

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