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08-09-2013, 05:22 PM
Trafalgar McLaw
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Originally Posted by Paralyzer008 View Post
Hemsky >>> Nystrom, Ward, Lapierre, Pouliot. Seriously, all 4 of those guys are basically plugs. Nystrom? Have you seen him play? He's awful, and Nashville overpaid huge to get him.

Mueller is way more injury prone than Hemsky. Hemsky's injuries lately stemmed from a shoulder problem that has been fixed and shouldn't be a problem ever again, as well as a foot injury from a freak shot from Jeff Petry. Mueller is a concussion case who hasn't been able to fully rebound since his days in Colorado. Hemsky > Mueller
Odd, this Joel Ward plug I recall had the same number of points as Hemsky last year in only one game more, with less ice time, playing on the penalty kill instead of the power play. If anything, between these two, Ales Hemsky is the plug. There is literally no objective argument to be made that says Ales Hemsky was a bigger contributor to his team last year than Joel Ward.

Ales Hemsky fills a redundant role on the team: small, skilled winger. The team needs toughness and penalty killing, which guys like Nystrom bring in bunches. Ales Hemsky in a 1v1 hockey game might be better than Nystrom, but Nystrom+LaPierre+Mueller or whatever is a better fit for our bottom 6 than Hemsky+Lander+Smyth. I'd much rather we overpay guys who know their role like Nystrom, Gordon, Prust, and Malhotra than overpay players with a sense of entitlement like Hemsky and over the hill players like Smyth.

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