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05-06-2004, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Patrick - Flames Fan
Was a STUPID move to scatch Francis from the lineup. The guy is a game breaker. He isn't a liability on the ice and can eat up tons of ice time too. To play Rechiel (sp?) instead of Francis is a JOKE. Recheil is as SOFT as they come, something you do NOT want against a hard team like Philly. BAD BAD coaching!
LOL, this guy did not fit into the Leaf system and that was all that was too it. He was a liability on the ice for the Leafs. Francis could not stand up to the Flyers physically nor was he fast enough to keep the puck from the Flyer's defensemen. I am surprised that Quinn did not sit him sooner. Francis may be a legendary player but with the Leafs he was ineffective. Reichel's play was far superior to Francis's in the playoffs this season. Reichel simply worked harder then Francis could and was thus a greater asset to the Leaf team then Francis was.

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