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11-24-2003, 05:53 AM
True Blue
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Originally Posted by fuhr
So,can you please explain to me how Carter,Holik,Nedved,etc. have not been given important minutes on this team this season? Most of those guys still have played more than Messier most nights. How much would you like Mess to play? Is 5 minutes too much for you? When Lindros is playing,he doesn't usually play much more than 15 a game.
If you have really read these boards, then you would not be posting this. On most nights, Messier plays more than any other forward not named Kovalev. MANY nights has he had more ice time than Holik. Almost every night does he have more than Lindros.
How much would be optimal for him to play? How about the 12 minutes that the younger Larionov plays in NJ?
And no, when Lindros is playing, Messier's ice time does not decrease because up until last night, Jackass would shove Lindros out of position so that Messier does not become a 4th liner.
Is it Messier's fault? No, becuase while I do think that he does wield influence as far as his ice time is concerned, it is Sather's ultimate responsibility. JAckass is the one who plays Messier like a 23 year old instead of a 43 year old.

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