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03-22-2013, 08:13 AM
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Originally Posted by ranold26 View Post
Let's here it from everyone here on Claude Julien's decision to bench 3rd liner Rich Peverly...

Was it to send a message?
Was it effective?
Was Peverly the correct player chosen?
You think he might be trade bait?

I'll post my opinion later in the thread.... but I want everyone's opinions on this topic to be seen in one thread.
Terrible decision. Benching Peverley kept Pandolfo in the lineup.

When Pandolfo plays the Bruins are 6-4
When he doesn't play the Bruins are 14-2-3

I simply don't grasp the hesitation to play Spooner with Peverley and Caron on that 3rd line, and this points to Julien's one flaw as a coach, which is risk aversion. Pandolfo might not make the mistakes Spooner will, but he's also not going to make a single play. He has 3 SOG in 10 games. He's basically making his line play shorthanded without giving them the ability to ice the puck.

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