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02-24-2009, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by BigBanger View Post
he is just not my type of player that this team should build with. This is bigger faster NHL. IMHO

I wouldn't say this is the bigger faster NHL, but rather the faster, more skilled NHL. And that is exactly the type of player Briere is.

I think the problem with Briere does not lie in Briere himself but rather in how the team tries to utilize him at even strength. His style of play doesn't match-up with our dump it into the corner and try to grind it out along the boards. What Stevens and the rest of the coaching staff should have done is looked thoroughly at Briere's last season in Buffalo, and try to match-up that style for whatever line Briere is on. If you are going to bring in a star player, you do have to adjust for their style of play that makes them the most successful.

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