Messier torn again
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03-25-2004, 10:00 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
I don't know if I'd say if...he was 'mostly' in that role and performed 'mostly' well. We can complain about prospects not getting some ice time at times because of him (namely Lundmark), but Lundmark did go 28 games without a point - and I don't care who he played with, that's unacceptable.
And for the most part this season, Mess did play that fourth line. He had Simon and Barnaby as linemates - who he lost to get Eric revived, although after a game or two, Eric was on top of his game but kept those linemates - and Mess had DLac and Ortmeyer for some time too. It was a rare occasion that saw Mess with Rucinsky, Jagr or Kovalev. Heck, there were games in which Mess didn't come over the boards for the PP.
While overall I would've like to have seen him play about 2 minutes less, it was better than the 3+ more minutes he received in years past.
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