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11-02-2011, 05:03 PM
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Originally Posted by jBuds View Post
The Briere situation is completely different than Leino's, too. In Briere, you (apparently) had a guy who DID NOT WANT TO play center, but was forced there by the coach.
I don't think that's as cut-and-dry as Ruff's quote suggests -for starters, Briere was drafted by Phoenix as a center in 1996 after playing that position with Drummondville.

I remember the Coyotes trying him at center but soon decided he was too small to match up against the Western Conference centers and wanted to make better use of his speed and agility on the wing. Briere had his 32-goal season in 2001-02 playing the wing - so he obviously managed some success there.

Originally Posted by jBuds View Post
In Leino, you have a guy who was obviously willing to play center, convert from wing, and work on making that adjustment. There is/was no refusal from Leino like there apparently was from Briere. Bad parallel.
He was willing to work at being a center for all of 5 games before he asked his coach to put him back at wing.

In many ways, Leino's request to go to a former position where he had experienced success in the NHL is similar if Briere resisted a return to center (according to Ruff) upon arriving to Buffalo because he had his best season beforehand playing wing.

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