Thread: Post-Game Talk: Oilers lose 4-3 in SO
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03-21-2013, 12:59 AM
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Originally Posted by DousedInOil View Post
So he should just never put Smyth and Whitney on the ice? Yeah let's bench all the veterans while trying to defend a lead. How about we put the blame on the players instead of the coaching for once? Whitney handed them the second goal with a stupid penalty and the. Smyth gave the puck away with Whitney standing around doing nothing on the third.
The problem is that he's shortening the bench in favor of putting guys like that on the ice more often, probably under the collective delusion of "veteran" responsibility.

The bench should be shortened in these sorts of situations, and guys like that should have earned themselves the honor of the shortening by now. In comparison to someone like Yakupov, who legitimately never saw the ice again after his best shift of the game.

I recall hearing something about "accountability" from the coaching staff going into this season, but apparently once you're a healthy scratch once or twice you've served your punishment.

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