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11-02-2005, 01:06 PM
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At what point does Trotz begin to bench players like Kariya for stupid penalties? I would have thought a player like Kariya would have been able to adapt after 12-13 or so games in the new system, but he and Sullivan still get called for petty penalties. And they are actually lucky. If the NHL officials weren't having a worse time with the new rules than the players, those two would never leave the box. Sullivan especially loves the soft hook. He'll do it 8-10 times a game, though he'll only be called once/twice. I'd almost be tempted to tell some of our skilled players, get called for a petty, unnecessary, boneheaded penalty (Trotz will be the judge) and ride the pine for the rest of the night. There has to be some accountability. It's bad enough that we are shorthanded and losing our best players for significant portions of the game. It's even worse that many of these penalties could be avoided with more intelligent play. Cracking down like this might make some players skate on eggshells for a couple of games, but it would speed up and adaptation process that has stagnated for some.

There should be one or two instances a month where Sullivan or Kariya legitimately need to obstruct an opposing player. Despite this, they manage to do it once or twice a game.

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