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10-27-2011, 11:53 AM
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One reason Torts (and coaches around the league in general) try to put grinders with skill players is that a lot of skill players kinda suck at cycling the puck or forechecking. The idea being, if there's a guy on that line who can dig pucks out and get them to the skilled guys, then maybe they can create something instead of spending all their team on the boards losing battles.

Tortorella is not unique in doing this. Sometimes it works, though rarely for significant periods of time, and I'm pretty sure coaches are aware of this.

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