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04-17-2012, 06:16 PM
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eco's bones
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Originally Posted by BlueshirtBlitz View Post
Yes, miserable first half. For a large stretch of the season he was getting ice time he simply didn't deserve. He was a 4th liner (and not even a particularly good one some nights) who was getting too much ice time. The effort never disappeared but the results were wildly inconsistent. Effort is great because we see what it can lead to with Boyle now, but all the effort means nothing when Boyle was a decent to subpar 4th liner for a large part of the first half of the season.
Which is a way of saying that Torts doesn't know what the **** he's doing. Players get ice time for different reasons. I know a ton of posters here would have had no problem trading him for whatever--say a 4th round draft pick. The guy does a lot of things for us. A leader in hits, blocked shots, face-offs. A regular on the penalty kill. We wound up first in the East but it wasn't good enough for some--we didn't score enough goals. Would it have been better if we scored 40 more goals but came in 5th or 6th place?

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