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Originally Posted by hizzoner View Post
Yes I want him on the pp. He is 18, not 35. He should be in good enough shape to handle it--I admit he may not look too good on a lot of shifts as he tries to earn his spurs--but until he proves he is not ready we can lose just as easily with him as we are with the guys he might replace. Let the new coach figure out where he needs work from game conditions. With the games on tv there are a lot of timeouts as well to give the players short rests aside from resting during shifts. As a fan I want to be able to hope, to anticipate better days. The present lineup does not give me that....
I sympathize with that but you still have to have some conservatism in how you dole out roles to young guys even if the plan is to tank. Grigorenko has to work his way up to getting 18 minutes by being able to handle 13 minutes consistently first.

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