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08-17-2011, 10:57 AM
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Regarding merit-based ice-time, I don't think there were many players worthy of a bump up last spring. Chimera maybe...the whole third line had a good run against the Rangers. The fourth line, Bradley included, was dreadful in the playoffs.

Boudreau must find a way to do more with the improved depth forwards that have been added. There's no excusing not having a single forward line executing at a strong level in a playoff series. He can jumble the combinations all he wants but it comes down to the team concept being stronger offensively.

Backstrom doesn't have the track record of underwhelming to warrant singling out that Semin has.

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