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01-04-2013, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Ohashi_Jouzu View Post
I also like Housley's approach to roll 4 lines through the entire compressed schedule of the WJCs. By the time the second USA-CAN showdown came around, you could see that the top USA lines had more left to contribute than the top CAN lines. That has to have something to do with how Spott decided to shorten his bench every game. Every USA player had chances to both get involved, and work through any issues gelling with linemates in various situations under various amounts of pressure. There was a tweak here and there, and guys like Grimaldi had to spend extended some time on the pine while a message or two sunk in, but point remains that Housley stuck with all of his guns.

And when you think about it, this was supposed to be a "dream team" year, in which there was unprecedented skill/depth. Where is the harm in rolling 4 lines of such depth, unless you brought the wrong horses to the show in the first place... hmmm, Mr. Spott? Finding himself "having to" shortening the bench and still not getting optimum results just shows the lack of vision, preparation, and tactical ability of this year's staff. Housley gets all that, and finds himself in the championship game on Saturday. I feel like Spott brought a couple of fancy knives to a gun show, and got burned for it in the end.
Yeah we were kind of getting on Housley for that, but in the end he made us look pretty silly.

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