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07-09-2011, 04:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Drop the Sopel View Post
Is Vigneault going to put the Sedins, Kesler, Edler and Ehrhoff in the press box?

It's not that Vigneault doesn't allow his star players to dress, it's that his decisions on depth positions will always lean towards the safest, least upside players he can get his hands on. The only part of the roster where decisions need to be made on who dresses and who sits is in the 6 hole on the backend and the 4th line. The 4th line has been an abject failure every year under AV and he has to take some responsibility for that. Zero goals in 25 games from the 4th line also falls directly at his feet.

Sergei Shirokov scored a goal in his first NHL game. He was rewarded by playing 5:00 the next night and never given another look at the NHL level. That's a problem. Especially considering the team was in a huge offensive slump at the time and couldn't score goals.

There's certainly an issue with Vigneault's decisions on the depth portion of this team and that can't be overlooked just because there are elite players at the top end of the roster doing ALL the scoring.

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