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02-23-2013, 11:32 PM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Atlanta, GA
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I'm not trying to be argumentative, but what exactly will that do? Neither one of those guys are very good along the boards and never will be.
Benching Gabs/Richards isn't going to turn them into grinding forwards. They(more in case of Gabs) are what they are...
Richards is playing with Ryan Callahan and Krieder. Cally has ZERO chemistry with Richards, and Krieder is young/hesitant.
i'm not sure i understand what you're talking about?
who cares how good they are along the boards and who has chemistry with who?
Marian Gaborik scored 40 goals last year in this system.
Marian Gaborik scored 40 goals 3 years ago in this system.
Brad Richards was scoring at a higher pace than Evgeni Malkin for several months towards the end of the season last year playing in this exact system.
What point are you trying to make here?
Benching them is sending them a message. You are going to play the guys who are going to give you the best chance to win. If that's not you Richards, if that's not you Gaborik, you aren't playing. It's a kick in the ass, both guys need it. Gabby can play some awfully good hockey when he's moving his legs...he hasn't been for most of the season... Richards is making DUMB plays out there... i've never seen such a smart player play so effing dumb. It's unbelievable.
Both of these guys are elite players, and i have absolutely ZERO doubts that about how they will play going forward, they are going to be dominant forced once again...what they need is a wakeup call, I think a good benching would do just that.
if not, so be it, but benching gabby for the 3rd period tonight, imho, was the right call. i dont care about the penalty, he looked so damn lazy out there....Gabby get's lost out there, that's his game, i've defended him ad nauseum here, and i will till the day i die, but when a guy is lazy, you can tell. Gabby wasnt willing to take a few extra strides to get to loose pucks tonight, he just sorta watched as the play went the other way instead of moving his legs and going after the puck.
he DESERVED to be benched. as does richards. but you don't trade guys like those. no, you get them to play up to their potential.
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