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11-08-2003, 10:18 AM
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BTW, I'll have to apologise here if I've said that Messier hasn't accepted a reduced role this season. I was just browsing through some stats while waiting for the Rangers to get a shot on net...

Messier Game Logs 2002/03

and

Messier Game Logs so far this season

See, he has played an average of over two minutes less this season per game than last season. He has averaged only 16:15 this season compared to the 18:37 of last season (that is a scary figure btw). And 16:15 is pretty good, when in theory he is playing behind Lindros, Nedved and Holik on the depth chart.

But hey, if you want to really get depressed by statistics, just take a look at how fairly Lundmark has got ice time and especially how consistently he has gotten minutes:

Lundmark last season

Lundmark this season

I'm all happy for Mess getting to the 2nd all time but he is still playing way too much...But atleast I cannot say that he hasn't accepted reduced minutes

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