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04-23-2011, 02:56 PM
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Originally Posted by BaseballCoach View Post
You might want to think about the fact that Pyatt's ONLY shift of the entire series when his line could not get out of the zone to save their life was this one with the two rookies. Why in heaven's name should Pyatt have been the one to sit when he had already played 3.75 games without making virtually ANY defensive or positioning mistakes?

Also take a good look at the replay and you will see the chances developed from White's side of the ice and that Pyatt was the one along with the defencemen desperately protecting the slot.

Our top two RW are Gionta and Kostitsyn. Are you SERIOUSLY suggesting Ryan White play big minutes in their place? Do you realize his hitting game will disappear with too many minutes? Do you realize he only scored 3 goals in 30 games in the AHL??? You want him on a top-2 NHL line???

I am absolutely sure Ryan White is not ready for that role, does not have the speed or the scoring sense for that role and would never expect such a role himself at this stage of his career. His fans on the other hand...........
I agree with you here coach, I don't agree with you all the time and support every decision management/coaches make all the time like you seem to, but JM isn't the first coach to bench his forth line winger at a crucial point in the game. White has a role, but big minutes in crucial situations isn't one of them.

I have no problem with JM shorting his bench in this stage of the game, especially after the poor shift they had with them completely missing their assignments. I think we can agree Pyatt out of all the things he is, is at least defensively responsible and wasn't to blame for this shift, and the reason Pyatt continued to play while the other 2 didn't.

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