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12-22-2003, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by jonny5
Totally agree, but Koivu also missed his assignment not picking up the man. Seems like Julien blamed Ryder for losing the puck in the neutral zone. He missed the last 6:44 of the second and the first 5:12 of the third. Put blame where it belongs coach. Not a great way to show confidence in your youth. Koivu, Bouillon, Ribiero, Zednick, Rivet all made mistakes at times but never got benched like that. Could hurt Ryder's confidence.
Nahhh....Ryder's Julien puppet. Claude can do what he wants with the kid. It's been that way in Hull, and same in Montreal. Ryder LOVES Claude. He'll do anything Claude says. Ryder has been playing lazy with the puck in his zone and in the neutral zone lately. The message got thru because in the 3rd, Ryder was more agressive on the puck.

The best thing to happen to Ryder in his career was to find Claude on his path.

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