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10-12-2003, 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Weary
Does Cassidy even watch his players? During the preseason, Semin was one of the most defensively responsible of all the forwards. He was constantly getting back on defense -- even to the point of giving up on the forecheck too early. If he wants to scratch defensively irresponsible risk-takers, he shouldn't be giving Kip Miller a jersey.
I don't think he is talking about getting back on defense. He is talking about trying to be creative when he should be simple. He is talking about carrying the puck in or making a long pass when he should just dump it in. Turnovers at the blue line like what happened to Bondra last night are the kinds of things that Semin is too prone for in Cassidy's opinion, not his willingness to hustle back on defense. No hustle or desire to help on defense could save Bondra from giving up a breakaway to Kovulchuk last night. Semin will get his shot, but with a road trip of games in Toronto and Montreal(back to back nights), then Dallas and St. Louis(back to back) then Ottawa and Toronto, I don't expect to see Semin playing til after the road trip unless there are injuries.

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