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01-27-2011, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by CanadianFlyer88 View Post
I want him to succeed here, but things haven't worked out in his favour to be a serious part if the team this season. Inevitably another defenseman will get injured, and that's the only way he'll crack the line-up, but he won't get enough games to be effective come playoff time.

If he has to step in during the playoffs, he'll be used as sparingly as he was last year... and that's not a positive for the Flyers.
The difference is, unless someone else gets hurt, that's only one guy who will be playing 6 minutes a game and not two, which is a whole different ball game. One of them you can live with, two burns you.

Laviolette has also played 7 defenseman in the past, I'm still not putting it past him to go that route eventually. Your 4th line plays sparingly as it is, and Bartulis has played 4th line forward for this team before and not looked completely clueless doing so.

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