Thread: Post-Game Talk: Rangers vs. Islanders: It's Miller Time
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02-08-2013, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by OverTheCap View Post
I've always maintained that Boyle is a 3rd-4th line tweener, and this season he has looked more like a 4th liner than a 3rd liner.

He hasn't been working nearly as hard as he has in years past, which is probably a major reason why Torts benched him. This is Boyle's 4th season as a Ranger and he has looked far too comfortable out there. Complacency has set in, there was no one to push him until Miller came along. If Boyles comes back motivated he will be a welcome addition to the 4th line.
i agree that boyle looks slack out there. but i'd also say that it's probably not a lack of effort as much as a lack of focus. these guys all put out effort. i'd say... but sometimes their heads aren't locked-in. i don't know how to explain it. but i don't buy that guys just go out and skate around aimlessly. they do try. it's just that they're not in synch. and a player out-of-synch is useless. overthinking, underthinking....whatever. it happens to boyler a lot too.

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