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10-04-2009, 05:01 PM
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Originally Posted by zeke View Post
I don't hate Orr, and think he's fine, especially if two responsible and effecitve players like Primeau and Wallin are on his line.

But let's not exaggerate - Orr is getting the same kind of ice time that he got with the playoff-calibre rangers the past couple of years. There's no reason to think he deserves anymore.

not sure Rosehill is an NHL calibre player, really. it takes more than skating and toughness.

The funny thing about hit stats - it's hard to outhit the other team when you're the team that has the puck most of the time. You don't throw hits when you have the puck.
You throw hits to knock the other guys off the puck, and to make them cough it up easier. You punish guys in the corner in order to come out with the puck. Intimidating physical play leads to giveaways and takeaways, two areas in which we were owned last night.

My point is: We aren't going to outskill many (if any) teams. Why play that way? Burke built a team that is supposed to be physical and miserable to play against. Truculence and pugnacity, remember? It's only been two games, but so far they have mostly looked just like last year's team. Wilson either sits our toughest forwards, or doesn't give them much ice time while seemingly playing Wallin (who had no points, no hits, no shots, no takeaways, and was a minus 1) to death. On the blueline he sits Exelby, the most devastating open-ice hitter we have.

Truculence and pugnacity? It would be nice to have a coach and GM on the same page.

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