Nyghtewynd wrote:Because there's a long line of #1 picks that can't get on the ice for one of the worst teams in the league. Yeah, he's freaking Crosby.
Either that, or Murray is a grade-A bozo that should have been fired a long time ago. Pick one.
Of course he's not Crosby. He's a defenseman with only (technically) 1 and a half years worth of on ice NHL experience. The guy was leading our team in points scored at one point. Mr. Al Macinnis has said over and over again that a defenseman in the NHL really starts "getting it" when he hits 200 games played. EJ is far from that. D-men can't come in and dominate the league right away. If you have watched EJ since he came up and have any notion of calling him a bust, I say you're crazy.
To me, this is Murray grasping for straws, trying to find something to give this team a boost (since apparently the Pleau "You're All Worthless" speech is wearing off) and save his job behind the bench. It's not that EJ has been playing so terribly lately. He is in a bit of a slump and for whatever reason, when a vet is in a slump, Murray allows him to play through it. When it's a younger guy, Murray shows him to his seat in the press box.