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Cut From The Same Mold

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Zherdev has one goal in eight games with the Flyers. They are expecting more from him, obviously. GM Paul Holmgren, asked about how Zherdev was doing, basically said it’s early yet. Zherdev hasn’t had much ice time, he hasn’t been inserted on the power play and he doesn’t kill penalties. The rhythm isn’t there, but it’s early yet.

Filatov played well in Sweden but has had his ice time progressively cut. He was demoted to the fourth line three games ago because the 06-07-08 line, with Derek Brassard and Jake Voracek, wasn’t clicking - and Filatov wasn’t paying enough heed in his own end. Sound familiar?

The NHL is a Canada-centric league. In the past, European players, and Russians in particular, have been misused and unfairly singled out for criticism. There is still some of that going around, but the dual standard has softened as generations of Europeans, with an array of qualities, have infiltrated the league. What Philly coaches want from Zherdev is the same that Jackets coaches want from Filatov, or anyone else. They want them to earn their ice time.

As one scout put it last night: “In this league, if you have a 50-second shift, you have to be responsible for 50 seconds. There is something to do whether you have the puck or not. You can’t float.”

The Blue Jackets out-gutted the Flyers and won 2-1 last night. Zherdev had 11:35 of ice time, Filatov 5:46. Enough said.

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HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Zherdev was a bust.  He’s so naturally gifted that he isn’t used to actually having to work to succeed.  He could be a force in this league if he practiced trained and played like Pavel Datsyuk, but he doesn’t so he never will be. 

Now when Filatov got drafted, we were pumped here in C-bus we were all pumped as he has great skill and we needed snipers in the worst way.  Yes, I’m a transplant to Columbus so when they finally got hip and got a hockey team I tried to support them.  Year after year it became harder and harder to actually stand behind them.  Naturally I could NEVER root for them over the Wings because that’s sacrilage and I don’t want to go to hell, but it was getting harder to root for them against other people and once I broke and got center ice, I can’t remember the last time I watch a jackets game that wasn’t against the Wings.

Filatov is the next Zherdev which is just one of a teams worth of underachievers over the years.  The tough part is their grinders are top notch, I’d gladly take them on a team, they sacrifice and they’re dedicated and the team and W’s come first, wish the same could be said of the people who get PAID to carry the team. 

Nope, until they actually show me some good hockey and make some ripples I’m off that bandwagon.  I recently told my friend who’s a die-hard Jackets fan that he should quit punishing himself and start rooting for the Wings where he can enjoy winning.  He said “Would you just quit rooting for the Wings if they went on a 10 year suckfest?”  I told him no, I would rest on the laurels of the past for the first 10 years or so.  I told him to reconsider, it feels good to win and told him to catch the highlights of the game (Anahiem @ Detroit).  To console him I told him I WAS pumped for Jackets hockey but at this point it’s like screwin’ a fat girl on the side…. what’s the point.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 10/26/10 at 08:02 PM ET

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