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04-25-2013, 01:32 PM
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Originally Posted by habtastic View Post
I'm a big fan of Emelin's, but the point is still do you play Boullion or LJV. Markov, Subban, Gorges, Diaz and Tinordi are certainly in. That leaves Boullion and LJV. How is that not in direct competition?

You seem to be arguing that Tinordi is out, but he's not. He's in, so the choice is between the above. I was also of the mindset that Tinordi was better kept in the AHL despite me believing in him, only cuz he's not had much time with the team and has 2 games left, BUT he is a lot of what we need given Emelin's absence so given that he's here, I'm "appy".

While I think LJV has been good, if we need someone who can wear down opponents and clear the crease as well as be good on the PK, Tinordi fits the bill.

If I'm not wrong, you are basically questioning Tinordi being in, correct?
Nope. I'm saying we need two "Emelin/Tinordi/Boullion-type" players in the lineup. We have been playing with one. Now there's no hard and fast rules about this type and that type and because the buckets are a little vague you could always argue about making a go of it with other lineup arrangements. But we've tried that and it has been hurting us.

For LJV to make the lineup on a consistent basis he has to take a role from Diaz or Markov (or change his game so that he can play a Gorges or an Emelin type role - that, of course, is significantly less likely at this stage, but not impossible). If we want to move Boullion out of the lineup on a full time basis Tinordi has to step up and prove he can stick (and tbh he's not that far out) or one of the other guys needs to add a more physical aspect to his game.

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