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12-11-2003, 05:57 AM
Larry Melnyk
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Originally Posted by Fletch
Messier has done little to not deserve 15-18 minutes of ice time per night. If Sather's mixing lines to get Messier more minutes it's because he deserves it. While I'll maintain that 13-15 minutes is ideal for Mess, he has yet to show much wear and has been one of the team's better, more consistent forwards. Just as you'd like to see youth rewarded with ice time, so too does Messier deserve it.

Relatively speaking, Messier does deserve and has earned the extra ice-time over the worthless Nedved and the inconsistent Lindros. OTOH, Messier has been no great shakes either (lately) and you hit a point (ice-time) where his effectiveness decreases over a stretch of games...

Everything would be so much easier if Lindros and Nedved would finally just produce and earn ice time, but they really haven't since Day 1 and one of the main reason this has turned into one big mongolian cluster**** of a roster and line rotation.

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