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10-02-2003, 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Cloned
1b. Arguably the greatest collection of forwards that need siginificant amounts of ice time to do anything. Too many talented forwards wanting ice time = not enough ice time to spread around.
What's the reasoning behind that? I don't see this as a problem at all, at least, not at this point.

Teams like St. Louis have one of Pronger or MacInnis on for all but a few minutes of ice time. Now Colorado can play a top forward line for 70% of all ice time every game without burning out either top unit or wearing them down over the season. These guys are used to playing 22+ minutes a night...sometimes 27 minutes. They can cruise through the season at 19-22 minutes a piece and still be rested for the playoffs.

There's plenty of ice time for the forwards. Well, maybe not 1st unit PP, but then just rotate if its a locker room issue. And if Granato is even half good the top units will get lots. It won't matter one whit who's on the 4th line...because they will hardly see the ice. Strike that, if all goes well for them, they'll see plenty of 3rd period ice when closing out the game with a 3 goal lead.

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