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02-21-2013, 10:06 PM
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Originally Posted by hizzoner View Post
Hodgson is NOT and never will be a first line centre--he gives the puck away too much, he lacks first line speed, and while no pushover has no edge to him. Play him on the second line because that is where he will or ought end up.

Stafford has to get off whatever soporific he is on.

I do not like seeing our "enforcer" getting beat up--that demoralizes the team.

It is time to play Grigs 20 minutes with linemates who fit in with what we want him to be.

We need a steady defenceman with wheels who can cover/recover when others screw up--from what I have seen of him that is Pysyk. He is not big and not physical but he does get in the way, he is not easily beaten one on one, and he can get back in position quickly if he loses position.

Give Miller a rest. Bring up Leggio and throw him in--not fair to Enroth who has not played enough to get thrown in here.

Work the snot out of this team--they seem to lack gas. I am sorry but do not believe that over the summer they suddenly got slower than the Leafs (and every other team they have played lately). They need to see the play around them and react instantly--only high speed practices will get them back to doing this.

This year is short and the pain will not be as prolonged as in a full season--so start thinking medium and long term. I will accept losing if we have Grigs, Gergs, Pysyk, MacNabb, Leggio, getting some good developmental opportunities.
I agree with about none of this except for the Drew Stafford part. Leggio can't get 'developmental opportunities' because he's already developed into what he is: an AHL goalie. Grigorenko has trouble handling 12 minutes.

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