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10-15-2003, 07:57 PM
Join Date: Jun 2002
The I guess the 2 of you know more about coaching than Mac-T does.
You should go talk to Kevin, he may have a job for you.
And no, Semenov did not do the things like play positionaly sound, or break up passes. He was by far the worst defenseman in the pre-season (of the 7 that made it).
And it isn't like I don't like the guy. I mean he billeted with my aunt and uncle in Sudbury, and I have been a huge fan of his, but he simply didn't earn anything.
As for Smyth, he also has a broken finger, and there isn't anyone to really replace him.
Like, being completely realistic here, Cross is getting less ice time than both Brewer and Staois, while receiving a tiny bit more than Smith and Bergeron.
The Oilers have basically 5 guys playing 20 minutes per night, and I don't think you can argue that Strategy. I mean, Jason Smith has had injury troubles in the past couple of years, so you don't want to wear him down with 22+ minutes per night, so you can at least have him for the season. The only reason Cross gets more ice-time than Bergeron is because he plays on the PK.
The defensemen haven't been the problem this year... most of the goals scored against the Oilers have been because of a bad mistake by a forward.
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