Gaborik's Role On The Team
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03-25-2011, 12:43 PM
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It doesn't matter that he's played under Lemaire in the past. What matters is how he plays in these games. His backchecking display last night was flat out ugly. That's a tough pill to swallow if you're a coach trying to make the playoffs in a 0-0 game, in the 3rd period.
He averaged 21 minutes a game under Torts last season, with plenty of ice time going down the stretch. The fact that that isn't the case this year is more of a reflection of Gaborik's play than Torts stubbornness.
This, once again, is going to be a grind going into the playoffs. Torts is going to go with the horses that he's been counting on all year, rather than leaning on a fragile, somewhat lazy star player.
Once again it comes down to confidence. If any of you watched Gaborik last season, then watched his play in the Olympics (playing injured) -- you would see what a phenomenal impact player he can be.
Also note that in the last game he significantly improved his back checking after the mistake. That's the type of game I know he can play.
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