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02-25-2013, 03:11 AM
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Easily our best dman since EJ went down. Hes starting to finally put up points aswell. Hes ahead of Elliott thus far. Elliott needs to learn to relax a bit. I dont know what Barrie did but his play before and after the scratch is crazy different
I think part of that is coaching. Sacco was using him sparingly and whenever Barrie made a big mistake, exiled him to the press box.
Part of a coach's responsibility is to put his players in a place to succeed. Sacco hadn't done that with Barrie until he was forced to, and now the kid is playing with confidence.
Elliott's got a ton of rust to shake off yet. I still question the logic of calling him up when he should've gotten some games in Lake Erie to get his legs back. I just don't get why Sacco doesn't at least TRY putting O'Brien in there--the guy has moderate puck skill, certainly better than Zanax and O'Byrne.
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