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12-10-2011, 11:22 PM
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It seems the mob mentality is out in force. Even when we're playing well these boards want to whine and moan about something and Boyle is the new target.
Boyle is out there because he's defensively responsible, wins faceoffs, is an excellent PKer and is a good team guy. Torts trusts him to not miss his backchecks, to break up plays and to kill games off. So he's not scoring at the pace he was - ok, but it's not that big of a deal.
Good teams need players like Boyle.
I have no problem with Boyle getting even strength ice time, and he's more than earned the PK time he gets. It's the PP where he has no business being out there. Richards, Gaborik, Callahan, Stepan, Anisimov, Dubinsky, Mitchell, and Hagelin have all thoroughly outplayed Boyle
in the offensive zone
, and should be getting his PP ice time. An argument could be made that Fedotenko and Avery are better PP options than Boyle too.
Of course, winning should silence criticism to an extent, or at least lessen the volume, but Boyle on the PP remains an issue worthy of skepticism, imo.
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