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Can Daigle replace Gaborik ?

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10-04-2003, 07:45 PM
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How much of Gaborik's shoes can Daigle fill ?

He has enormous shoes to fill. But he was a former first round pick overall. Daigle obviously had talent so it's one case of a player having no desire at the time he was supposed to have plenty. If you add desire and passion to this talent can you see Daigle perform well with the wild ? But more importantly can a team that has the uncanny ability to resurect careers make a performer out of Daigle ? It seems like he had a pretty good pre-season. He has a 2-way deal with next year being an option for the wild. So if it's for the money ... he has to play well and play with desire if he wants the wild to sign his option year... or even keep him up for this year. Last season was Daigle's comeback year after a long leave. It was obvious he'd not succeed with Pittsburgh. One year later ... with a new team ... with renewed desire (?) or fear for his future (?) ..

how many points do you think Daigle can get next season ? Or for the non-believers how many games ?

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I was about to type the exact same two letters.

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While I'm always optimistic when it comes to Daigle, the answer is simply no.

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NO...plain and simple, not possible, im not even going to bother stating why!

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Really ?

Now c'mon I know Daigle can't fill Gaborik's shoes. I'm asking how much points can he get or how many games will he play.

I think none of you even bothered reading the whole thing ...

Reading is definately a lost art !

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I'm waiting for him to slack off and get his butt kicked by Lemaire.

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Daigle was given a chance playing with Lemiuex last year, didnt produce, what makes you think he will in Minnesota, he'll become a good third liner under Lemaire, IMO...MAYBE!

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I'm waiting for him to slack off and get his butt kicked by Lemaire.
I give you the price of first productive post in the thread (mine included?)

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I bet he'll start off strong in the first few games but then hit a rut. I'm wagering he lasts 25 games before getting sent down to Houston.

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Daigle was given a chance playing with Lemiuex last year, didnt produce, what makes you think he will in Minnesota, he'll become a good third liner under Lemaire, IMO...MAYBE!
At that time he had not played at a pro level for like 2-3 years. Besides I'm not sure he got that big of a chance with Lemieux when Kovalev and Morozov were still there.

I heard an interview with Daigle recently and he said that the wild was definately looking out to him for goals. The Wild line up ain't exactly loaded with offense without Gaborik and Dupuis. I think he can get 40 pts if Gaborik and Dupuis do not sign. I know for a fact he played on the PP a couple of times this pre-season.

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habsolution,

i did read it, just that the thread name was a question...

honestly, the fact that daigle has made it through the camp of what brian burke referred to as a cult maybe speaks volumes.

it's just that so many players have talent when they get to the NHL, but lack the commitment. Pavol Brendl is a prime example. I've seen him work miracles with the Hitmen, scoring in prolific streaks, the talent is there.

Daigle has tremendous talent. If he buys what Lemaire is selling, I predict 20 goals. If, like Pittsburgh last year, he looks good for the first little while then fades into complete oblivion, well, i won't be surprised.

my prediction - 45 games, 17 points.

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Daigle is a great talent no doubt, and if he did put it all together could one day become a great player as unlikely as it sounds but turning into a great player right now is not possible. I think he has to establish himself as an NHL regular first before becoming an elite or close to elite player.

I think 60 games 30 points.

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The Wild are looking for good solid players to fill the shoes of the holdouts but I personally don't think Daigle is going to do it. He'll chip in but I think he might end up in Houston by the year's end and maybe even by December. I like Daigle. He's worked out well but I think he's more useful in spurts and in the AHL where he succeeded.

A lot of people aren't sold on him and I think 20 goals might be a stretch for him but I don't doubt he could hit that.

The other thing is Minnesota loves to juggle their line up a lot and Daigle could see any number of combinations of players on his line, so that might help or hurt him in the long run, depending on how he works out.

 
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habsolution,

i did read it, just that the thread name was a question...

honestly, the fact that daigle has made it through the camp of what brian burke referred to as a cult maybe speaks volumes.

it's just that so many players have talent when they get to the NHL, but lack the commitment. Pavol Brendl is a prime example. I've seen him work miracles with the Hitmen, scoring in prolific streaks, the talent is there.

Daigle has tremendous talent. If he buys what Lemaire is selling, I predict 20 goals. If, like Pittsburgh last year, he looks good for the first little while then fades into complete oblivion, well, i won't be surprised.

my prediction - 45 games, 17 points.
I think we're seeing eye-to-eye on this one. If one coach and team can get Daigle back on track it's Lemaire and the wild.

I'm being optimistic about this. Daigle has no choice but to buy into Lemaire's system. I see 2 possible outcomes ... 82 games and 40-45 pts
OR 5-10 games and a minus record.

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Absolute best case for Daigle, where he buys into the system, stays healthy, Gaborik is gone the whole year, and Lemaire plays him on the first line, is probably 40-50 points. If all of that happens, Alex should also start buying lottery tickets.

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Understatement of the year.

 
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As the question is put, no. I don't think anyone expect him to be as good as Gaborik though. I do think he can be useful for them this season. There is also a chance he will crash and burn. Will be fun to see either way.

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Absolute best case for Daigle, where he buys into the system, stays healthy, Gaborik is gone the whole year, and Lemaire plays him on the first line, is probably 40-50 points. If all of that happens, Alex should also start buying lottery tickets.
Lottery tickets?????????

He hit the jackpot, $13,000,000 from Ottawa. I mean, let's not kid ourselves, this guy is THE REASON for the rookie salary cap!

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Good grief. If Daigle is the replacement for Gaborik, who is replacing Dupuis? Alex Volchkov or Jason Bonsignore perhaps?

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Wow ! As if I could possibly mean Daigle could totaly replace Gaborik ...

sigh ...

and double sigh ...

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Absolutely not, but if anyone can light a fire under Daigle's ass it is Lamaire he is the beat teacher out there as far as coaches go.

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