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01-27-2013, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by KIRK View Post
Despres and Engo is the perfect example as you said, and great call on Vitale. Think about the difference between how Bylsma uses a spark plug with some upside like that and how Therrien used to use Talbot. Eh, I'd love to see Bylsma suddenly become the coach that holds everyone accountable. ****, Maurice benched Malkin in Russia for the third period of a close game because he didn't like how he was playing defense, and that sure as **** had to be 100 times harder for a guy like Maurice to do in Russia than it EVER would be for Bylsma in Pittsburgh (although, there's a subtle difference in that Maurice actually expected and relied on Malkin to play defense, but I digress).
I've seen tons of in-game benchings for vets over the years in this league. So hopefully no one in this thread is suggesting it doesn't happen because that is just ridiculous.

I can almost guarantee you that if Cooke had that many mistakes playing in one and half periods playing for the Blues, he would of been at the far end of the bench for the rest of the second period. Twice in the first period alone Cooke was skating towards his zone with the puck and blindly threw it to the middle, with no Jet even pressuring him. He had his back to the perceived pressure, and still threw it to the middle... That is as bad as Kunitz trying to regroup in his own zone by heading to the middle of the ice on his backhand.

These are mental mistakes that are not being forced and players who are multiple offenders (Cooke, Kunitz, Engo) have to be held accountable. A coach like Hitch is hard on young guys and has his own faults, but he makes his vets accountable as well.

There is no reason Sutter couldn't take a couple of shifts from Kunitz and Vitale for Cooke, etc. etc.

This way you reward guys who are playing the system with more ice time and send a message to your vets that mental mistakes and lack of discipline, see retaliatory penalties, won't be tolerated. We saw this garbage last year and it's time DB puts his foot down before these bad habits work their way back in.

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