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02-16-2013, 04:39 PM
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That's not what you asked. You asked, essentially, why the Penguins aren't benching veterans in favor of fringe NHL players who might have potential. I'm telling you teams just don't do that.
The Stars won four of five before last night's game. But, they didn't like the way the second line was going, so they demoted Michael Ryder to the fourth line, and promoted winger Reilly Smith to left wing on the Derek Roy-Loui Eriksson line. They wanted to play Eriksson on the right side again, which was part of the motivation. Reilly Smith had zero goals going into the game last night. He scored the first goal of the game. Ryder responded with two assists and was on the ice in the final minute protecting a lead.
What I just described above would NEVER happen under Disco. He's already set in his ways. He's the worst combination of stubborn and confident, so you don't see any changes to his group unless injuries force it...or unless a kid isn't playing like Mario Lemieux instantly.
With Disco, there is never a plan B. It's cost us games, it's cost us series, but most importantly it's cost us players.
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