I do see your point and yes it would be hard to find a team in major jr that has done that. dont think its impossible nor unheard of ...I concete its Rare, However there are many cases in the big leauges that have done just exactly that. Cujo being one of the most recent cases I can think of, Fuhr and some others come to mind over the years .... Once Big name stars that have almost washed up .. teaching the ropes to the young kid. While i admit that Joe is not a "big Name" ie: Pikert??, Tokarski etc... he has a bunch of ice time under his belt ... This year he got less than half the amount he got in Brandon in any year that he was there (reffer back to 007s comments about groove etc...) and if the Cougs think this Salmon kid is the real deal (Remember what I said about sunshine and Dogs once) then it might be a good idea to have someone that knows the WHL game (way faster than major midget and teir 2)to teach him the ropes split some duties for at least a little while let the kid get used to the game then turn him loose as full fledged starter.. and i will tell you why I feel that way .... I dont have much Hockey expiriance at the major jr level play wise (in fact none) but I seen on many occation a star in a level (in many sports) get thrown into the mix at higher levels and expected to perform get Effed in the A because he had no tutaledge from a vet that knows the level and remembers whats its like.
While everyone is conviced that Salmon (Fishboy) is the next great thing .. based on his midget stats I wont hold my breath untill its proven and in my opinion he will need a role model in his rookie season
Joe is also a good off ice guy to have in a dressing room as I know personally how he conducts himself off ice and in Public (there is alot of that in the bigs too ... Sundin comes to mind as most recent publicized case... just ask AV .. he said so in a press conferance, Off ice conduct was second to none ...I wonder how trevor Linden felt about that comment)
Dont get me wrong ... I am not making the arguement that he should be here no matter what, But I do know that he was Invited to Camp in the fall by Fat Dallas and as of Saturday morning when he drove to Winterpeg he said he was comming back.
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