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02-27-2013, 06:54 AM
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Originally Posted by McNuts View Post
1. It would be hard for Ryder to be worse than Cole was this season and especially in the last few games. Cole was a liability and was the worst player on the team, excluding the 4th line (who still have been helping the team more than Cole in a few games).

2. Cleared up money on the cap for the next 2 years.

3. These two things alone are good. Got 3rd pick on top of it.
Those are legit points...I just don't like the idea of basing everything on "so far this year". Just because a guy has a bad start doesn't mean he'll play bad all year. He had a strong game just on Saturday and hit the crossbar Monday and also ran over Methot with a big hit. His play was going in the right direction.

Everybody was throwing Bourque under the bus last year for a poor 2nd half and would have given him away for free this summer, so far this year he's been a very productive player and has a nice cap hit.

If Bourque comes back within 10-14 days then he replaces a lot of the corner work and net drive Cole gives but if he misses a long time then you lose a lot of size and skill. Ryder is still skilled but doesn't bring the net drive or physical play in the corners.

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