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01-30-2004, 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by windowlicker
So your saying a consistent non-talent is better than a inconsistent talent?
Rita isn't a 30 goal scorer. He doesn't change the complexion of a game with one shift. He isn't a game breaker who will be invisible all game then suddenly take it over.

Most of what he gets is through hard work. He has good wheels and a good shot, but there is much more to hockey than that. When he generates chances for himself, he does it through out-working and out-hustling a player, not pulling a fancy little stickhand.

So who is better on the 3rd line for the Oilers? A guy like Pisani who you know exactly what you are going to get everynight, or Rita, who you have no idea, i'll take Pisani. Rita is talented, but he isn't talented enough to live with his inconsistencies at the NHL level night in and night out.

It is very frustrating watching him in Toronto, because on some nights, he is the best player in the league... other nights I have thought he was benched because I never saw a thing out of him out there.

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