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Zac Rinaldo (2013-14 season) -- Update Apr. 7, 2014: Suspended four games
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02-11-2014, 09:29 PM
Join Date: Mar 2010
There have only been 10 NHL forwards who started their careers after the lockout (04-05) and have had less PPG than Rinaldo who made in to 200 NHL games played.
5 made it to 300.
1 to 400.
0 to 500.
Rinaldo has played 147 games now.
George Parros (Heavyweight)
Krys Barch (Heavyweight)
Brian McGratten (Heavyweight)
Raitis Ivanans (Heavyweight)
Derek Boogaard (Heavyweight)
Zenon Konopka (Faceoff specialist)
Mike Brown (decent PKer, defensively sound)
Only 6 are still in the NHL. 3 heavyweights (top 3), Konopka and Janssen and Brown.
The only active guy in that category close to 200 is Bisonette.
So the only semi-comparable active player in the NHL who made 200 has been Cam Janssen... (and he fights heavyweights and is on the edge of being considered one) who has played 24 games this year and 4 last year.
Sad to say but the clock is ticking for him... he is not a heavyweight, cannot go up against those guys (how many has he fought? Bisonette once, that is the only one I can think of)... so to stay in the NHL he really needs to improve his defence, or be a great faceoff guy, or PKer looking at that list... the odds do not look great for him.
Either that or he is:
A. The most unique 4th liner in the last 8 NHL seasons. (He has found his niche... I will give him that.)
B. Overrated by the Flyers.
C. A combination.
And this is coming from someone who actually likes him, prefers him to a 'heavyweight' and thinks if he can play as he did last year he has a spot in the NHL, likely as an extra.
I just want a guy like Matt Martin... sound defensively, 1m a year, tough, knows his role, good for 15 points a year, can play 10-12 minutes a night, can agitate, can play 82 games a year, can PK if needed.
Greg Campbell, Derek Dorsett, Matt Martin, Brandon Prust, Craig Adams, Vern Fiddler, Boyd Gordon, Paul Gaustad, Nate Thompson, Paille, Colin Fraser, Drew Miller etc... they are the kind of 4th liners that help win hockey games.
Flyers fans especially should know this... Powe, Betts, Laperriere... how great and valuable were those guys?
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