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04-14-2012, 06:49 PM
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Bondra plays the point.

Bondra, who played the point on the power play in Washington, is earning $4.5 million US this season.
Shore is on the second unit so we could maximize Housley's effectiveness by having him on the first unit. And even though Bondra is a legitmate PP pointman, we felt more comfortable having Shore cover for him than Conacher. Shore alone is also a threat himself on the second unit, which balances the units.

Don't the top 4 defensemen generally play against the top 6 forwards on the other team?
You'll never see me argue that. But if Housley is absolutely getting dominated by Howe for example, then we'll stay away from that matchup. There are other options. My point is he doesn't need to be sheltered on a third pairing.

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