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12-06-2012, 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Minister of Offence View Post
He was ready to play defensive hockey in the NHL last year. That's what NHL ready meant. If you wanted offense, he needed time to see if that would come.

Once again, he was rotating with Spezza in his last game into OT in the regular season. Can't think MacLean had Smith on the bench just to boost Zibanejad's confidence in the regular season when he may have already known he was going back regardless. MacLean wanted to keep him.
Either that or they wanted to test him out in key situations before a decision had to be made, or he just felt at the time Zibanejad would give them a better chance to win. I don't know if Paul MacLean telling the media that he wanted him to stay means that he would've been a key player for the Sens, as Couturier was for the Flyers.

And, sorry for people getting tired of Couturier vs. Zibanejad discussion, but if the discussion is there, I want to chime in.

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