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10-26-2012, 10:53 AM
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Originally Posted by NHL Fanatic View Post
Don't quote me on this but Bateman probably has a no trade clause. After being continuously scratched, its clear the Spits don't see him in their future direction. Bateman has more market value than Devlin, and yet he's still on the team which entails he probably controls his future destination. It's unfortunate because I think he has a good potential but you have to play him.
Agreed, not enough [or any] firepower in many games. Why not try Rychel, Vail,Hosang together then the next three; Schoenmaker, Clarke, Marchese, then a third line of Johnson, Maletta and the best RW that night and roll three lines of forwards unless just killng time or providing recovery shifts by playing a 4th line.
Then we need some offensive play out of blue-liners - probably need to get Bateman back into that mix and pair a rushing defensemen [Eebert, Bateman, Posa[ with a defensive defensemen [Sanvido, Seiloff, ?] and shift the focus of the team from defensive dump and chase hockey to a more open pressing game. In the short run we may allow more goals and lose a few but isn't that what is going on now without the benefit of offensive growth/improvemnt of players? Too many coaches on team with strong defensive backgrounds has lead to this style and the only offense being created is by the guys who learned those skills before they got to Windsor.

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