Thread: Larry Brooks: Tortorella: We need puck
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11-16-2009, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Bleed Ranger Blue View Post
That is why it was such a silly decision to take Dubinsky away from Gaborik and Prospal.

That line was straight up dominating the first several games of the season. It was helped by having a guy like Dubinsky who could get in there and cause some havoc/opening up space? Prospal and Gaborik are getting by on pure talent alone now...putting up similar numbers...but their line is nowhere near the consistent force it was early in the year when they had someone to do the grunt work. Breaking up that line has been Tortorella's most egregious coaching error so far this season.

And in favor of what? Enver Lisin? Who skates around fast and does nothing else?
Agreed, but in Torts defense he needed Dubi elsewhere. Drury couldn't carry the 2nd because with all his clutch plays and such, he's never beenable to hold on to the puck really. Dubi can play puck possession game, but he is inconsistent and on some nights when Torts counted on him he drove him nuts by being good for nothing except hitting and PK. Now it is all over, we do not have have neither Drury nor Dubi. I think the situation presents the unique opportunity for Higgins. He played C real well against OTT. I am looking forward to see him again in that role.

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