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10-03-2003, 06:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Cloned
some will want more ice time
You make some good points and I fully agree many problems may arise. The amount of ice time, however, other than 1st line PP time, I still can't see a problem.

Forsberg, Sakic, and Hejduk have been averaging about 20 minutes a game. Kariya used to average 25 but he's been dropping every year and last year he was averaging 20. These minutes factor in OT. Say they do demand a lot of ice time. I could still see them each dropping to 17-18 mins/non-OT game without issues. This means about 34-36 minutes per game for top line material with the bottom two lines splitting the remaining 14-16 minutes.

What coach would say to a Kariya-Sakic-Selanne line: "sorry, I can't give you more than 14 minutes a game because I have to put on the Aubin line". Maybe you have disgruntled third/fourth liners, but is that the big deal?

I can't even imagine what Keenan would do.

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