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02-01-2013, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by FlashyG View Post
To answer your question...yes. If Babcock had played him in the top 6 for that game and afterwards said he wanted to keep Nyquist in that role, Holland would have made room for him and he'd still be playing there.

He was given a shot and Babcock obviously didn't like what he saw. I don't buy that Holland is just running roughshod over Babcock. He's one of, if not the most respected coach in the NHL. Do you really think he has no say and isn't involved in roster decisions?
He was given a shot because we had so many injuries. Holland made his decisions over the summer and decided guys like Samuelsson and Bertuzzi were better to play than Nyquist. Babcock wanted Smith up last year and played him an appropriate amount of time when he was re-called but he didn't stay.

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