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12-22-2003, 04:43 AM
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I knew someone was going to say this. You are right, when Cliff played the PP for the Preds, he was 100% responisble for the outcome.
The fact is when Ronning "ran" the powerplay, he had crap to work with. Guys like Kjellberg, Krivokrasov, rookie Legwand, Berehowsky, etc were regulars are the powerplay.
Anyways, last time Cliff was here, in 2001-02, our powerplay percentage was 14.2%. Last year, without Ronning, it was 13.8% . Do you what it is this year? 14.5%, the marginal improvement mainly due to Zidlicky.
Ronning is good on the powerplay. He has excellent puck control, and he knows how to utilize it on the PP. He has excellent vision. He isn't afraid to shot the puck on net. He would undoubteably be an improvement over some of the current powerplay regulars.
I wouldn't pay Ronning the kind of money I'm sure he wants just to run our PP and that's essentially what you all are saying. You can't sit a young center in favor of Cliff which is why he's no longer here.
Our PP at 14.5% is more than a marginal improvement when you consider that Zids, a major component, is brand new and our second unit has a rookie-Hamhuis!
Be patient, at times the PP has carried us this year.
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