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01-13-2004, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by FacelessButcher
Maybe this is the reason your scouting Zhamnov.

(not trying to say Smyth is equal to Lecavalier just demonstrating he is not the second coming of Lemieux as some seem to think he is)
Career PPG for Lecavalier= 0.665PPG
Career PPG for Smyth= 0.658PPG
Career PPG for Richards= 0.789PPG

Richards average ice-time 2003-04= 20.17min
Richards average ice-time 2002-03= 19.91min
Richards acerage ice-time 2001-02= 19.79min

Lecavalier average ice-time 2003-04= 18.07min
Lecavalier average ice-time 2002-03= 19.51min
Lecavalier average ice-time 2001-02= 17.13min

Sure seems like your coach prefers Richards as the #1 center
Zhamnov isn't a replacement for Lecavalier. He's ten years older, injury prone and has almost no physical game in him. He's got skills and can do great things with the puck don't get me wrong but how many years does he really have left? As far as Richards goes, wait until playoff time. When the physical play really picks up Brad Richards disappears. Vinny can hold his own, but he does need some linemates to help him out. Rick Dudley tried to deal with Lecavalier; who won that one? If this fued between Tortorella and Vinny continues, Tortorella will not be the coach in Tampa next year. Especially if the Lightning don't make the playoffs. Vinny sells tickets in a market where they need every fan they can get. I don't know how much you can make off a marketing plan centered around Patton want-to-be coach. I know I wouldn't care if I saw a billboard with Tortorella's mug on it.

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