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05-05-2012, 01:57 PM
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Trotz is great at getting good milage out of mostly average players (SK, Fisher, Legwand, Walker, Orzagh, Ward, etc). Even established guys who were deemed expendable by their other teams do well under Trotz (Arnott, Kariya, Sullivan, Dumont). He's coached many cast off defenseman into becoming serviceable NHL defenseman (Zanon, SOB, Eaton, etc).

It was not as easy decision to keep Radulov out of the game. While Radulov has skills, he certainly has baggage. But Trotz has been locked into doing "The Preadator Way" for so long, it's out of his comfort zone do anything different. It's not the answer to win deep in the playoffs, unless Pekka becomes absolutely dominant for the entire playoffs. Pekka has had some good playoff games, but he's also had an equal share of very average outings in his playoff career.

We do not have the skill to play a game like Philly does (especially when we keep Radulov and AK out of the lineup). Even with them in the lineup, our skill level does not come close.

I'm frustrated with the decision to sit Radulov as there is little doubt in mind he gave us a better chance that Yip, SK, Spaling, and quite a few others.

But he shouldn't be fired at this point. He consistently gets a lot of a little. Tippett is the only one in his league right now. But let's face it, Smith is playing better than Rinne. If Pekka had a better game in 1 and/or 2, this series would at worst be tied.

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