Rivet may not be very popular...
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01-14-2004, 07:23 AM
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Rivet and Brisebois got their contracts because of their age [impending fa's] and AS believing that he was offering market value. Well, AS overpaid. Do you think that Rivet and Brisebois both suffered from wanting to do too much ? I don't think either player was lazy or satisfied. I don't think it's in either of their characters. Funny how expectation has an effect on veteran players.
Good point. This is a problem many overpaid players face: trying to prove they're worth their contract. It's happened countless times to players after they receive a big contract, and is a major reason why the Rangers struggle so much in my opinion. For example, Holik had his worst season last year since his Hartford days.
Rivet is drastically overpaid and was overrated up until this season. I don't think he's anything more than a solid #5 defenseman. It's unfortunate that he's more or less limited to a bottom pairing defenseman because I felt he had a lot more to offer earlier in his career. I think he's a prime example of how players can develop poorly when they're paired with subpar leaders and teammates, then are rushed to be depended upon as a key component to a defense.
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