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10-03-2003, 02:41 PM
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Well, when you have proverbial "star players" you don't demote them anyway.

Take Edmonton for example though I wouldn't exactly call Smyth a "star". If he was majorly struggling, I doubt the Oilers would feel it would be most beneficial to demote him to the third line until he got up to speed. Demotions are for players that haven't really proved themselves time and again that they can play themselves out of a slump at any time.

Guys like Kariya, Selanne, Sakic, Forsberg, etc. can. Tony Granato wouldn't have to demote anyone at all. After all, you have to ride your best players... If they don't perform, then you are probably screwed anyway. You keep both lines on the ice because you know that at any given time within a game, they are all gamebreakers.

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