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07-17-2013, 05:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Illinihockey View Post
I already said, because rookies tend not to contribute much. Frolik may have been the best penalty killer in the NHL last year. And I'm not sure how anyone can argue with what Stalberg contributed to that third line during the regular season. Stalberg just got a $12 mil contract, do you think that was because he was bad? Do you think any of those rookies are going to have the season that would garner them that kind of contract if they were UFA's after next year?
You can't use what a player got as a UFA as a way of proving how valuable they were/are. Dave Clarkson just got 5.25M from the Leafs, is he about as good as Patrick Sharp?

At the end of the day, I'm certainly not saying Stalberg was bad, but time after time he continued to not be able to find a way to be consistently effective in the playoffs, despite teams that supposedly favoured his speed. Completely ignoring his goal-scoring and points drop-off, he had no where near as many memorable shifts.. and that's a guy that's supposedly going to be hard to replace, or some would argue, irreplaceable? I don't get it.

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