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11-14-2003, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Melrose_Jr.
Absolutely true. My problem is not with Leetch being in the lineup, it's with him logging the most time of any defenseman and playing against top opposing lines while it's clear that he's not in peak game shape and doesn't have a complete grasp of Sather's "game plan". 16-18 minutes, 3rd pairing assignment seems like a better way to reintegrate him into the lineup until he catches up.
I'd agree with you if it was any other defenseman on the roster, but not Leetch. And he did play closer to 20 minutes (and was not out on the power play for very long) for several of the first games when he came back. Of course, part of the problem is that there is no one else to pick up the slack, especially with Poti playing so poorly (and being sick).

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