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01-01-2004, 09:43 PM
The Rage
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Originally Posted by T@T
3 assists in 15 games is not a 2 million dollar centre is it? winning 60% of faceoffs isn't worth 2 mill either...IMHO.

Just looking at his stats from the last few years:

2000... 82 points
2001... 78 points
2002... 45 points
2003... 3 points (on pace for 12 points)

Age caught up at 41?
I said this when Oates was signed and I'll say it again. Usually when guys miss training camp, but are skating during that time, they struggle when they first come back. Oates missed more than training camp and was not skating at the time. As I said at the time, his true presence will not be felt until the second half, but atleast he vastly improved the Oiler's horrendous faceoffs, which IS important.

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