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05-04-2013, 06:01 PM
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Originally Posted by detredWINgs View Post
But did people expect anything else from a 38 year old who hasn't played in 3 months?

Not that I care about a Bert-Sammy swap (same ****, different smell), but I honestly will never understand Babcock's logic in yanking people in and out of the lineup when he isn't even giving them a chance in the first place. In what world will a 38 year old benefit from getting 7 minutes of ice time in his first game in 3 months, and then be scratched the next game?

If he honestly expected more from Bert and was planning on giving him more ice time to begin with, then he needs to know his players better. If his plan actually was to give him ~7 minutes of TOI, then the only point in doing so for a guy like that is if you're going to ease him into the lineup over a few games.
Hopefully Babs makes a decision on who he wants in the long run and sticks to it. I think a 4th line benefits from chemistry just as much as any other line, and they're not gonna find it with a new player each game.

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