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01-25-2013, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Vega View Post
Good post. Say what you will about Therrien but he was a million times better at handling younger players than Bylsma.
As I said in another thread:

Lower end . . . Talbot under Therrien versus Vitale under Bylsma

High end . . . Letang gets cup of coffee, Morrow doesn't after great camp (despite Oprik being out).

Honestly, I think the mistake made with Tangradi happened at camp in 2009. Geno was going into the season with Feds and Dupuis as his wingers. Tangradi came into camp and killed it with Sid and Kunitz. Back then, Bylsma hadn't had a chance to beat Tangradi's talent and game out of him. How hard would it have been to slide Guerin down with Geno and Feds? Or, how hard would it have been to give Tangradi a shot with Geno and Feds? Back then, he was just young enough and not so destroyed as a player that either could have worked.

A guy like Therrien would've found a spot for Tangradi after the 2009 camp.

Then again, for all his faults and odd choices sometimes for pets, the guy appreciated the need for having talented players and the need for giving young players a chance to grow in the NHL.

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