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02-23-2013, 10:35 PM
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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.
This system was not in place Gaborik's first year he scored 40+. At least defensively speaking. Their identity didnt really come until last year.
Remember, his first year it was "safe is death." The first 7 games with Gaby and DZ we won, then after that it was up and down. He thought he had the talent then but didnt. He does now though, so theres no point in continuing such a "jam" system.
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