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11-25-2003, 09:43 AM
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moosemessier
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smart - lets give less time to a productive player. please dont do my taxes ever.

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Originally Posted by True Blue
Those who do not watch the team on a regular basis would make the comment that you have. How do you determine who the best player is? Byt the amount of points scored? That does not tell you how poorly he may have played defensively or how many giveaways he had.

"Your Messier comment is dead wrong when it comes to how much he plays compared to every other forward not named "Kovalev."

Ok, sorry. So in 8 games, he was in top 3 in ice time. And on most nights he is at least in the top 5. Fact is, Messier is no longer capable of playing against top players or top defensive pairings. Fact is, Messier wears down by playing too much. And the minutes that he is getting is too much. His good play comes when he is playing against the 3rd/4th lines of other teams and the 3rd defensive pairings. He is woefully exposed when going against the top 2 lines and the top defensive pairings.

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