: Larry Brooks:
Little Explanation of What's Going on w/ NYR Blue Line
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10-15-2010, 11:58 AM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: New Jersey
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They (5th/6th) play 12-13 minutes a game and seeing how Gilroy handles the left side, in ONE game, in the MIDDLE of OCTOBER, against the worst team in the East last year HARDLY seems like a huge risk. What if he's successful? What if he's played that position in practice? You don't know and neither do I. Throw Sather under the bus if you want to as he is ultimately responsible for who is where at the end of the day and who is a NYR and who isn't. Would I rather have an NHL ready Left "D"? Yes. But, clearly, management doesn't think McD is ready (who is a -1 with zero shots on goal in two games with HFD, but that's clearly too early to call) nor do they feel Valentenko is ready (who I really look forward to having up here. Actually both of them, but you can't have 5 or 6 guys on your blue line with 3 or less years of experience).
This is one game and (likely) twelve minutes. Sauer will live and I'm sure he's just happy as hell to even have the opportunity.
How many points did we miss the playoffs by again last year? I forgot, I need you to remind me.
The Leafs are playing great hockey to start the year.
What if he's successful? Gilroy hasn't been successful at playing HIS side yet at the NHL level.
I don't know if he's played it in practice? Actually we do. We've got great reporters who cover the team, and never once has it been noted or reported that he's practiced on his off side.
I will give Sather blame for not having the balls to tell Torts that this isn't going to fly. However, I'll also take him at his word when he said he told Tortorella to put the best players on the roster.
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