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For the next two weeks I will be writing my blog from my phone because I have no access to a computer. Because of a tech problem I have with my phone, I am unable to do anything but write blogs. I cannot respond to any posts, send messages or even make friend requests (although I can accept request if anyone is interested) ;-). Therefore I would like to use this blog as a method to respond to three comments or concerns brought up in response to previous blogs.
1. Regarding Pete V.
Pete, your comment about my writing really made me very happy. Ive been reading blogs on this site for two months and I always admired you, above all of the other Ranger bloggers and i even wrote that in my profile when I joined the site. I found every one of your posts to be insightful and convincing. I am not trying to flatter you by saying this, I just feel that you should know how much your kind words meant to a teenager who hardly made the front page of MyHB and needed some encouragement. Thank You.
2. Regarding Shanahan potentially scoring 40 goals.
The reason I believe Shanny CAN (not that he will) score 40 goals is based on last season. He had an unbelievable start to the season and put up 1 goal per game for a 10-15 game stretch proving that he can still score. He finished last season with 29 goals despite missing 15 games with a concussion and never really getting back into form after his return. Therefore, playing a full season with better linemates could make him a 40 goal scorer. The reasons brought up why he wont are all valid reasons but if you notice, i made the 40 goal statement in the "strengths" section and went on to argue against Shanahan being that productive in the "weaknesses" section. The main argument was that he is older and weaker but I brought that up clearly as a weakness. However, in my mind, if he gets back to pre-concussion form and finds chemistry with his line, he will score upwards of 35 and certainly more than last year's 29.
3. Regarding replacing Hossa with Straka on the top line.
There is no doubt that Jagr will play better with Straka than he will with Hossa but my reasoning is as follows. Start the season with Hossa on the top line. If Hossa plays well with Jagr then you have a very strong first line in addition to creating more depth in the lineup. If not, move Straka up after 5-10 games and Hossa down to the 4th or minors. The upside of creating depth at the forward position is worth the downside of having a weak 1st line for a few games when the 2nd line can make up for it somewhat with increased production. I agree with the reasons that from a 1 line standpoint, Straka should be with Jagr but looking at the big picture, I think it would be best to START with Hossa.
I hope I clarified my views and made it a little more acceptable to my critics. And if not, oh well, there is nothing wrong with disagreeing.
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