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09-21-2003, 11:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Bicycle Repairman
I'm not the least bit huffy. And yes, I do concur that preseason is a time for experimentation. However, no one remotely associated with the pinnacle of competiveness (namely the professional NHL) is worthy of their stature if they decide to lose a game purposely. That's a mockery of the level they've obtained. They compete over hotel breakfast waffles for chissakes. If they don't go all out even for something as meaningless as an exhibition game, then they don't deserve to be called "professional."
I don't think anyone is saying that the players didn't try, or the coaching staff didn't try to have that lineup win. They are saying, IMO, that they used a lineup which had only a slim chance of winning in order to see how the kids who are going to be counted on this season would deal with the pressure, when it fell on them instead of the more established vets who weren't playing.

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