Could you not have said exactly the same thing about each of those players I mentioned at age 26? Then they got smarter and started using they're skills better. How can you possibly say without a doubt that Raymond can't get better? Without a crystal ball you can't.
Samuelsson is easy to explain. When the fickle fans here turn on a player it's very difficult for the player to win them back. The first half of last season Samuelsson was in the same boat as Raymond. Injury problems and playing a 2nd PP unit that got less time and had a 25 point center instead of the 70 point center they had the previous year. His points were down in the first half just like Raymond. The fickle fans turned on both of them. Samuelsson made up his points in the second half when Edler went down and he was put on the 1st PP unit point. Allowing him to rack up some points in the second half playing behind the Sedins and Kesler. But it was mainly assists while the fickle fans expected at least the 30 goals he scored the year before. Meanwhile Raymond was still struggling away on the 2nd PP unit which was made weaker still with the removal of Samuelsson. The PP is where Raymonds production took a drop. Even strength Raymond was on pace to exceed his previous years even strength total. I was actually more critical of Raymond during his 50 point season than I was last season.
I think you have nailed it...........on more than one occasion on this thread but as in life people only see what they want to see. They want the next big thrill and if it is not served up on time they go looking for scapegoats.
The trouble is you are fighting a losing battle because these people, in most cases but with some exceptions, are only capable of looking at the bottom line. They don't appreciate often, the finer points of hockey and the many areas, other than scoring where a player can be effective and valuable to the team.
I have come to the conclusion that there is no point trying to debate with most of them because firstly they will never allow themselves to see any talent/value in their current whipping boy and even if Raymond moved on they would only draw another name off the roster and fabricated a false appreciation of their game. And so it goes on, that is how they get their rocks off, it seems to me.
They are not interested in any debate, they exist to get their kicks out of the skimmers and shallow thinkers who assume that when they are told "Raymond spends most of his time on his backside" that it is the gospel truth.
Raymond is not perfect, he has poor games but that applies to all the players, if they are human. Some players are fortunate that they get goals at a higher rate than others when they play well. These players are often given a free pass. I can sit at my TV and wait on another slump by Booth or Burrows or Hansen or Manny, then come on here and slaughter them.............acting like they have never played a decent game all season and insisting they be traded..............but I don't.
Most people don't because a) as long as they are putting in the effort and deserving selection by the Coach, they are happy.......
these slumps are cyclical, and indeed Raymond has started to play well again (although to read the usual suspects on here you would never know it)
Raymond will always have my support, as long as he puts in the effort.
Duco, Bitz, Rome..........none of whom I particularly like in the team have been getting my support because they have put in the effort.
If Raymond is traded, so be it, I trust the Coach and MG. However while he is wearing the jersey and giving 100% effort, he deserves the support of each and every one of us.............much as we would all like to be treated in our own workplace.
Edited by Bodee, 17 February 2012 - 11:39 AM.