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10-03-2003, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Marconius
I would think even in an inexperienced coach could come up with some kind of straightforward system: Each unit takes turns on being the #1 line, on a game-to-gamebasis or even a powerplay-powerplay basis
Well, that's what I forsee as being a potential problem. It's all well and good when both lines can take turns producing. But when one or both lines begin to slump, then what do you do? Play the hot line as much as possible, leaving star players on the second line without much ice time? That isn't efficient, or a good use of money. And what if certain players on each line are struggling, while others are doing well? Then what do you do? Demote one of the star forwards to the third line? It's more difficult than people think to create a "straightforward" system; everything is simple in principle when theories lead to results. The difficulty lies in trying to improvise when things don't go well. Especially when you have so many star forwards to divide the ice time up to.

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