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04-30-2014, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by blinds View Post
It's not about motivating him, it's about giving him the space to succeed.

I really don't understand the rush to get rid of him, he's played ONE SEASON on a new team after being on the same team his whole career.

He's gotten mediocre minutes and played in a new position.

He had a pretty significant injury mid season, when he played great before it. He also came back from said injury early.

Guy gets no leeway. I'd at least like to see how he does with another season here. If it's more of the same, I don't have a problem shipping him off.
He's aging, he's slow, he can't stay healthy (been a problem for years). If his cap hit was $2M you could keep him around as the 13th forward for big games and the playoffs, but you'll never get 80 games plus another 20 playoff games out of him.

I'd just rather see Laughton get the ice time, he has more ability, just needs experience, and unless you trade Schenn, there ain't room enough for both Laughton and Vinnie (and don't move Laughton to the wing, if you want wingers, trade for, sign or draft wingers).

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