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02-01-2011, 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Raised Fist Republic View Post
I was just arguing that last week. I'm gonna have to find that article. People love to rag on the 4th liners because they are typically (always on a last place team) unimportant to a teams success. They see the least amount of ice time, are the least skilled and have the least impact on the outcome of a game. It's fairly obvious that they are the least important players so I really don't understand why people hate on them so much. Let's pick on the good players who are underperforming instead ya?

We're a last place team and our worst players (4th line) are our worst players, what a shocker!

We're in the middle of a rebuild and people are lamenting the fact that our 4th line sucks? Because the 4th line is unimportant it's the last thing that needs attention.
You're missing the point. The Oilers depth is awful, we have some good rookies who may be top liners some day, and a pile of bottom line guys, some who shouldn't be in the NHL. Our fourth line should be MacIntyre-Cogliano-Jones, to be honest (with Mac only getting a couple of shifts per game). That's how bad our depth is, we're playing guys who have the production of a 4th line player on our 2nd and third line. That needs to stop, and we need to purge some of our bottom line crap to do it.

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