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01-27-2013, 12:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Jaded-Fan View Post
Lovejoy bumps Despres from defensive lineup
Cooke sounds so stupid there. Rookie scores game-tying goal at home against the defending champs with 5 seconds left after a previous goal was disallowed and is super pumped-up about it? lol frowned upon

jesus Cooke, you were once an extremely dirty player and you make public comments talking about frowning upon a guy, who did not try to blatantly injure a guy, like you have done countless time before, celebrating a big goal.

If Despres isn't going to play regularly, it was stupid for him to make the team. He's playing exactly how he played in WBS, which was flashes of strong play mixed-up with a decent bit of boneheadedness. Neither Shero or DB should be surprised by him if they paid the slightest bit of attention to him at WBS. They can't be like "****, I never figured Simon would skate back toward his goal and make a tight turn around his own net before losing the puck."

Despres not playing isn't going help overcome that. I'm not against the occasional scratch but if he's not going to play 8 of out every 10 games, there's no reason for him to be on the team. He's at a developmental stage where he needs to be playing as much as possible, especially since decision-making is his big bugaboo and it's next to impossible to simulate the game conditions to improve it. Makes losing Strait look even stupider since he's playing about 17 minutes a game for the Islanders and Despres can't even crack the Pens lineup but that seems par for the course early on this season.

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