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10-11-2011, 06:46 PM
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So true...for better or for worse, there seems to be a growing number of coaches who use this as a deliberate strategy to try to spark something in their teams when a line combo doesn't work. This is not a Torts thing...it is something that a lot of them are doing now. He does it more than some and less than others...
Probably in a couple of years some coach will reinvent stable lines and people will hail him as the creator of a new coaching style -- or the fans will get upset when he sticks with a line that doesn't produce instant results (cuz the fans always know so much more about coaching than the guy who gets paid to do it
Yeah, as evidence of this: there's a thread on the history board about the Rangers 1st line in 1994. Keenan messed with that line a lot. I remember that in the course of the season and playoffs, Anderson, Amonte, Larmer, Gartner, and Kovalev all spent time playing RW with Graves-Messier. Hell, I know it was the PP, but Noonan was on the ice with them for the GWG in game 7. Messier's hat trick in game 6 against NJ was as much the result of him playing a lot with Kovalev as it was about pure willpower.
Tortorella seems to be a little more apt to do it, but it's nothing new.
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