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01-20-2013, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by KIRK View Post
I'm not surprised at all. Bylsma only really sees Geno as a guy to rely upon when Sid isn't around. Plus, there are two theories, I think, on Geno:

1. You spot him as an offensive workhorse and use him as exclusively as possible in that role. That's Bylsma's approach.

2. Geno's best game comes where the offense flows from playing great two way hockey. That was the Dave King and Paul Maurice approach in the KHL, and I think it also is what Therrien had embraced by the end.

When Bylsma got Geno, the 'after taste' of Therrien's emphasis on defense still was there. It wasn't until after the Pens won the cup where, as with several other players, Bylsma beat Geno's defensive game out of him.

I mean, even last year, when he was doing all that incredible offensive stuff, the defensive game was fair. He lost Kunitz. He got Tangradi, who sort of struggled yesterday in terms of knowing when to go defense. And, his line looked better defensively than it did most of the time with Kunitz there.
Actually, I think Staal's defensive game going downhill (relatively speaking, it was still above average) since the cup run, is even a better case.
Part of it is, without a doubt, due to Bylsma's lack of rigor with it's players.

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