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01-02-2013, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Chancellor Vitale View Post
The whole reason we don't use them is injury potential. PK puts players in a vulnerable position. Given our injury luck the last few years it's not surprising. I would say they should be used in key PK situations in the playoffs, not as regulars. Get them familiar with the system and their role and when we need to keep the other team honest / score SH to get back in a game that means a lot, use them. Otherwise not. The fact is they're not going to be adept at blocking shots and all they have to do is take one in the hand and they're out for 6 weeks. Doesn't need to be a concussion thing or a knee thing. Lots of ways to get hurt playing the PK.

Not worth it with those two.
I disagree. It seems like many posters think every player we put out on the PK is at a huge risk of injury. How many times has Staal, Cooke, Adams, Duper, Vitale been badly injured from playing the PK? The reality is that it doesn't happen THAT often. Plus, we don't have to be the NYR that sit back and stack the house with shot blockers. With Sid and Geno on the PK, we are pressing and forcing them. Will they have to block shots? Absolutely, but not nearly as often as you make it seem.

They should get time on the PK, but not a prominent role IMO.

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