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Why so much fuss about Jeff Finger?

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07-05-2008, 08:59 PM
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This contract just shocked me when I saw it. I had seen Finger play against the Canucks (scored one beauty against them), but he didn't look like much more than a late bloomer who was a capable 5-6 defencemen. I can't beleive the Leafs gave him so much money considering how little he has accomplished in the NHL. One good, not even great season, and this guy is making the same amount of money that Mattias Ohlund and Willie Mitchell are making, just to name a couple of players.

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07-05-2008, 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by kcspence View Post
You're certain no other team was interested? Please prove that.

Shouldn't we wait until, gee, I don't know, Finger has played a single game for the Leafs before we dismiss his contract as a waste of money? Finger might turn out to be a total bust, but this rush to judgment is ridiculous.

How many games did you watch him play last year? Ron Wilson coached a conference rival. On that basis alone, I'm willing to give Finger the benefit of the doubt until we're well into next season.
If other teams were interested and the bidding got to $3.5 million, the Leafs could have walked away. We'll probably never figure out what others offered but considering Finger's record, I can't imagine anyone else offered that much.

And as for Wilson, this is the same Ron Wilson who confused Finger's stats with Sauer's: http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=16043

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07-05-2008, 10:05 PM
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Fingers good don't get me wrong, but he's not 3.5 mill good.

Isn't he 30 years old now as well?

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07-06-2008, 12:23 AM
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Ice time numbers for Finger last year, and rank on his defense corps:

OCT: 16:15 (#7)
NOV: 19:27 (#4)
DEC: 17:57 (#5)
JAN: 20:59 (#2)
FEB: 22:29 (#2)
MAR: 21:39 (#2)
PLYF: 22:16 (#1)* - didn't play for half the games.

Finger was a #2 defenseman most of last season.

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07-06-2008, 01:09 AM
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Originally Posted by dubey View Post
No, not at all actually.

Apparently that other poster thinks Boyle is some kind of demigod and someone probably needs to deflate his expectations before he hurts himself.
Lmao what are you, Dr. Phil? I made a comment that I'd be willing to be a large majority of posters agree with, that Boyle is significantl better overall than McCabe and Kubina, and then you come in and act like you're the demigod with your ridiculous interpretation of my one comment.

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