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02-27-2013, 04:27 PM
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Oh please. In Montreal Kreider was one of the only forwards putting a full effort in.
The next game was a less then stellar performance.
This is what rookies are expected to be like.
Gaborik, on the other hand, is an 11 year veteran, earning 7.5 on the cap. Is looked at to be a leader. Is looked at to be a primary scorer. When Gaborik doesn't show up for over a month its a HUGE problem.
When Kreider, who is 21, has 11 regular season games under his belt, has a bad game, it should NOT be a HUGE issue the way it apparently is right now.
Why is it an issue? Why can't a rookie be allowed to develop in the background? Because the primary players have disappeared.
This isn't a hard concept to grasp.
The fact that Gaborik's play really has nothing to do with how Kreider is performing and how he should be evaluated certainly seems like a difficult concept to grasp. Kreider can develop in Hartford. Right now, he's not contributing anything to a team that is supposed to be competing for a cup.
"He's a rookie! Look at Gaborik!" doesn't mean a whole lot. Rookies are expected to contribute
and Kreider is not contributing. Blaming Tortorella and building straw men doesn't change that fact.
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