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11-17-2003, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Melrose_Jr.
The problem I have with Messier getting 20 minutes is that, it's not coming out of Nedved's ice time or Lindros' ice time, no matter how ineffective they are. If Mess is going to log meaningful minutes, it means a 3 line strategy. I can't understand a strategy where a relatively effective 4th line is benched just because Messier's line is playing well. Ice time is not proportional to effort or contribution. It's called a double standard.

Brooks put the whole thing in a brilliant perspective.
I agree I do not like to see the 4th line benched either. And we all know that is what Sather will do.

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