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Hard To Replace Stamkos

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

... Now, he’s gone, with 14 goals (riding a six-game scoring streak), with 23 points–a guy who figured in44 percent of his team’s goals. Tampa talked a good game about other guys stepping up, but Marty St. Louis, bless his soul, is 38. He is more of a passer than a shooter. Val Filppula, who played in Pavel Datsyuk’s shadow in Detroit, is now the default No. 1 centre there. Little Ryan Johnson moves up to No. 2. Good players but Stamkos is a great player, a great player who was hurt on a back-checking mission against Boston defenceman Dougie Hamilton–an awful visual on YouTube.

Stamkos’s injury likely opens the doors wide-open for Olympic team berths. Canada has a couple of natural RWs in St. Louis  and Corey Perry who will probably be in Sochi but that’s it. Centres were moving over. Maybe centre/winger Claude Giroux in Philly pops back into the Olympic picture now, same with the versatile Patrick Sharp, who’s always under the radar. Some guys who didn’t get summer orientation invites like Patty Marleau and Jamie Benn and Joffrey Lupul might now get a longer look.

There’s only one Stamkos though and today he’s sitting in a hospital bed with a plate or a rod and screws in his broken leg. It’s a crying shame, for him, and all hockey fans.

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

Val Filppula, who played in Pavel Datsyuk’s shadow in Detroit, is now the default No. 1 centre there.

Well, this is Fill-a-pula’s chance to show what he’s really worth. Personally, I hope he does well. But so much of his past says he won’t. It’ll be interesting to watch.

On a side note, it’s time for Stevie Y to repay the Wings for that gift of a first-rounder he got from the Quincy deal and take Sammy off our hands. All we’ll ask for is a seventh rounder and a bag of pucks – and they don’t even have to be new pucks. Practice pucks will do just fine. smile

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/12/13 at 08:04 PM ET

Paul's avatar

OTC, Stevie did say today they will try to get production for others in-house, then they would look outside the organization if need be.

Now about Sammy, I doubt it unless like you said, return the favor Stevie.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/12/13 at 08:07 PM ET

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