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03-14-2004, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by SmokeyClause
Well, IMO Trotz and Poile screwed up royally if they are benching Toots. He's just not going to develop as a player seeing 6 minutes a game with Big Mac on his wing and Arkhi (or whomever) as his center. He should have been sent to Milwaukee a long, long time ago (about the time Trotz and Co. realized he wasn't going to leave the 4th line this year). 20-25 minutes of ice time would do him well. He needs PP, PK, and crucial game situaitons like up 1 with 4 minutes to go, down 1 with 4 minutes to go and overtime. These are situations he might not see for 2 years in Nashville.

Right now (ha!) they're not concentrating on Tootoo's development, they're focused on making the playoffs. And I wouldn't have it any other way. Guys like Stevenson and McKenzie have been in this situation before. Tootoo hasn't. Plus, Jordin still plays a bit undiscplined. Maybe he should have been sent down but with the uncertainty regarding Hartnell they might have hedged their bets and as NMK said it's too late now.

What happens next season is anyone's guess. I don't think that has any bearing on the team right now.

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