In know way am i excluding Koivu from fault this year, is a team game and blame, however, I an reinforcing his abilities as a leader and team player.
In my comments under the "Question's of plenty" I noted the teams horrible +/- rating, specially the first line but when the game is on the line for the habs, would you prefer plex to be at center, or Koivu?
Don't get me wrong, I think plex is an excellent two way player and her is light years ahead of what Ribs brought to the team but Koivu is still the man in my books.
To enforce your view, I don't thing Koivu should be a first line center, I think he is more suited to the wing on the first line or a second line center, however, he is the best center we got!]]>
when the organization makes peripheral players the centerpieces of their offseason strategy and pays them big bucks for their tangenial roles, they leave themselves open to be attacked by the media.]]>
It was pretty hard for him to produce like they wanted him to with no PP time. It is hard for anyone to produce with no PP time. Judging by your statements, Koivu would have been ridden out of town more then Samsonov if he didn't see the PP.
In my mind it is all about getting the opportunity. Perhaps Samsonov didn't deserve it.]]>