: Larry Brooks:
Torts not impressed by Reds,indicates changes on D looming
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12-21-2009, 11:00 AM
Join Date: Apr 2004
Redden is in a no win situation. He simply doesn't have what is being asked of him. The best he can do is play decent. And he can't do that if he has to do the other things that Torts apparently wants from him.
They want him to play like he used to play or to evolve and play just as well in some other capacity. And it's completely outlandish. Redden has enough left to be a solid 3rd pairing defenceman. He can step up to the top four on a team like this if need be if you don't ask him to do anything exceptional and live with him not making any impact plays and accept the occasional breakdowns. I just keep wondering more and more if Tortorella knows what he wants form his own players. When he says he does things on "gut instincts"... he really really does a lot of things on gut instincts.
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