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01-12-2004, 03:29 AM
Blue Jacket's Curse
Join Date: May 2003
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To Jacket fans: you want Sanderson to stay? That's odd. That guy is a very streaky scorer,and he can have an entire season playing under his ability. Look at his career between 95-96 (?) Hartford up until MacLean got him in the expansion draft. If you can get something for him, you get it. If you are paying him to be a scorer but he's not scoring (plus there are no takers) you free up the contract. Personal sentiment towards a player should never get in the way of wanting to see your team win unless he's a HOF'er, which he's not. You can pick up any Joe Schmo up from Syracuse to "give it all every shift, really bust azz, and backcheck". He's replaceable at this point...
Cassels is Cassels. Lachance is Lachance. Richardson is Richardson. Knutsen is Knutsen. MacLean picked the wrong guys to lean on. If MacLean's not gone after this season or at the beginning of the next I'll be surprised.
That is certainly fair comment -- especially about the Schmos from Syracuse and the backchecking and the hey, hey.
Sandy's streakiness is well known. In his defense, he has played fairly well for the CBJ up until this year -- he has scored and he earned the contract he got.
This is one of those funny situations, where fans (and GMs) are going to talk out of both sides of their mouth.
On one hand they'll be talking about Sandy's streaks and struggles.
On the other hand, they'll be trying to trade for him on the cheap.
Way of the world, I guess.
Freeing up a contract always has its benefits, but I'm still a believer that the CBJ will get something of value in return for him, should he be traded. They don't need to trade him for the sake of moving his contract.
It's not so much personal feelings, it's more asset management. On a team that can't score, it doesn't help to trade away a guy who can and has scored 20-30 goals a season, especially if they're getting little to nothing in return. Granted, Sandy hasn't been scoring this year, but neither has anyone who would/could replace him.
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