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03-30-2012, 10:33 PM
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Alchemy
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Originally Posted by Damaged Goods View Post
-Who says I am not taking minutes away from Jagr and Briere instead?

-This is the current lineup except that JVR is substituted for Rinaldo. Do you really think Zach Rinaldo and his 7:25 a night solves our matchup problems against the Bruins, Rangers and Penguins? And what about their matchup problems vs us? I don't see how you're getting more out of this forward group by promoting Rinaldo or Sestito and giving them limited ice team rather than skating one of your better forwards.
Rinaldo has been playing in a checking role against the top players in the game in this stretch run. Its clear on what role they want to groom him in. He is decent defensively and he continues to work hard at it. Add his speed, physicality and agitating skills he will be a great bottom line player in the future if he continues to mature. PL obviously disagrees with you.

Sestito is the only guy in our system who could player the enforcer role but also play the game. The problem with people who think like you is you look at **** on paper and think its the best way or its going to work. There are intangibles and variables of an NHL roster.

I want guys like Wellwood to make the NHL. But we have so many forwards and simply playing all skilled ones in every spot just doesn't work like that. You need the grinders and muckers who fight for pucks in the corners. Bang bodys and wear out the defense. Make the top line players feel and play bigger. Work hard on every shift. They are very valuable come playoff time. Because of the grind and energy they can inject into the lineup.

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