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11-23-2006, 04:03 AM
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Originally Posted by habsfan44 View Post
the problem with the second line is not ryder , the problem is kovalev , he gets paid the big bucks , he has the size , the strength , the skills and the experience to make this line dangerous , sadly he just doesn't have the heart and desire . bottom line is ; if kovalev came to play every night the way that we know kovalev is capable of playing then there would be no talk of getting a second line center . kovalev should be the guy that makes this line go , trading for a player in the hope that he can be the one to get kovalev going seems to be convoluted thinking and would be a dangerous step in the wrong direction imo .
To be fair to Kovalev he is playing hurt. His knee is really bothering him. You can see it in the way he skates. Kovalev isn't a problem, rather chemistry on that line is. Ryder doesn't play on the second line, so you're right in saying he isn't the problem with the second line

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