Completely retarded ? Why ? I feel like some members here have been attacking Manta the past couple of months without even reading what he is writing or by focusing on 1 or 2 words and completely forgetting the rest of his post.
Do I completely agree whit what Manta is saying ? Nop, but I can't deny that his posts (as many other ones) is not 100% false and he is actually more than right with some of the things he said.
1st- We were a playoff team without Kovalchuk ? I don't think we had what is needed to be called a playoff team, but we where much more a playoff team than we are now.
2nd- We gave up a lot of quality players ? Yes totally agree. I guess Oduya can do better than what Salvador or Fayne can do or any other rookie we got in Albany that we will bring up. Bergfors was putting the puck in the net when we traded him and I guess that if he had stayed he would've continued to put it in and he would've probably improved instead of Clarkson who has barely managed 18 points last season while Bergfors was putting 36 points while playing 10 games less than Clarkson. Same thing for Zubrus.
3rd- Did we loose our team's identity ? Well with Kovalchuk blindly running up the ice, loosing the puck every 2 seconds, giving the puck to the opposing team players more than he gives it to his teammates and changing while we are in our zone to leave an empty spot bigger than the moon for the opposite teams players to fill in and score and off course all of that with the coach not saying anything because we don't want to hurt him since he is there for 15 years I guess we didn't loose any identity didn't we ? Do you think any other player on the team can do that without being punished ? I personally don't think so. I guess the rest of the players just don't see the difference don't they ?
Before calling people retarded just take the time to read the post and understand it since its a forum