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02-01-2013, 12:27 PM
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All the moves we made would be less conspicuous in normal season with a camp, preseason, etc. In this condescended shortened season it is exposing this lack of “gel time” and making it a weakness. Call it an excuse, and I don’t like saying it but it’s the truth. Krieder needed the benefit of a full camp, same with Hagelin and some of the new guys. No pass for Stepan.

The coach said recently that he won’t play his bottom lines/pairings because he views them as “liabilities”. This is unfortunate. Why sign players that your coach doesn’t have confidence in? Why not keep the players he does?

On Prust, and players like him in this organization in the past (Avery). While I realize that it’s not smart to spend top $ on bottom six players, many bottom 6 players play crucial roles on their teams. When you part ways with these players you run the risk of losing the “intangibles” that make a team successful.

Prust was thrust into a role on this team, not so much for his overall skill set, but for his tenacity and will. If the coach and org. value these attributes to be successful in their system... DON’T LET PLAYERS LIKE THIS WALK AWAY! Unless you have players in the system that can adequately fill their place.

Now it’s possible that Asham, Pyatt, and Halpern can effectively replace Prust, Feds, and Mitchell, but the lack of camp, preseason, long layoff, shortened season, win now shortened bench coach...

makes this a lot harder....

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