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03-26-2013, 10:09 AM
Jimmi McJenkins
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Originally Posted by Fourier View Post
No one is suggesting that Semin would not deserve the contract he is getting based on his play this year or even on his talent. The issue for Semin, and the reason why people question this deal is that he has gone AWOL before, and has often been viewed as a very selfish player.

I also fail to see how Whitney, Pitkanen or Ruutu were reclamation projects.

Pitkanen was the Oilers best defenseman when he was traded for Cole. He also had had 3 40 + point seasons already before coming to Edmonton. The problem with him was that he was a pending UFA that had little desire to play in an intense hockey market.

Ray Whitney was an established scorer who had 29 goals and 71 points with Columbus before signing on with Detroit. He did not really fit in on a team that had Yzerman, Datsyuk, Zetterberh, Shanahan and Hull up front. Other than that one year he has been pretty consistent since he left the Oilers.

Ruutu was a guy who was expected to be a major star. But that never materialized. The Hawks dealt him for Andrew Ladd. No question that Ladd has since become the better player. Ruutu has had a solid career in Carolina but it is not like he was really that much better than the player they got from Chicago. Certainly not what was originally expected of him when he was drafted.
Shhhh, you and your logic is very damaging to the narrative he's crafting.

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