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02-28-2013, 04:37 AM
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He's not a PKer, nor anything close to a solid 2-way shutdown guy. So for 12 games he brought absolutely nothing to the table.
That's the problem.
The "value" of a player scoring 70 pts for one team can basically be the same as the value of a player scoring 110 pts for another team. The game is about so much more than stats.
But with Gabby, what you get is the stats and almost nothing else and in some situations you basically get a "negative" contribution compared to the avg depth player. Gabby just has such a darn hard time really helping this team in any other way than score goals. And he also tends to score fewer goals when it really matters.
In a sense he might be the last relic of the pre-lockout game. With a redline offside rule, the D's for the defending team stepped higher up ice. You played defense in a diffrent way. Now there is a bigger distance between the forecheckers and the D's, and there are much more room for stickhandling in the neutral zone. Pre-lockout, you had no room in the netural zone but there was more room behind the D's. Hence it was common with very dangerous extremely fast wingers like Bure, Moginly, Sellanne, Bondra and co, who could beat any D in a puck race and hunt down pucks that got past the redline. Now there is just very little room to get behind a D. When we see a breakaway its almost always because someone falling or misplaying a bouncing puck or something.
This was Gabby's game. His ability to get behind D's with his super fast first step and then his ability to --
-- race down the ice and score. How often does he get a breakaway these days? 5 times per season?
Sure his wrister is deadly and what not, but he just isn't out there winning momentum for us.
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