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09-22-2003, 02:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Bicycle Repairman
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."
A universal quality of the preseason is that rookies and fringe players get way more ice time than during the regular season. If winning counted so much in the preseason, this wouldn't happen. Clearly, you're exaggerating.

As far as being a REAL professional, I would imagine each and every one of the NHL coaches would be willing to lose every single preseason game (purposefully!) if, by doing so, it meant winning a single regular season game they would otherwise have lost. Some experiment during the preseason might just make that difference in the season.

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