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07-01-2013, 10:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Kershaw View Post
Perhaps, but look at their roster to start the season. They signed Taylor Pyatt with the intention of him being a 3rd line player to start the season. Hell, he even moved up to the top 2 lines when he was scoring on his limited scoring chances at an unsustainable rate. They had Boyle on 3C, Asham as a regular player, Jeff Halpern as 4C, Mike Rupp as regular Bickel as opening day starter, Brandon Segal experiment, etc. They had a bunch of borderline NHL players or useless plugs in the bottom 6 to start the season.
I agree that the roster was top heavy, but the team failed because of the on ice performance (whether it be coaching, the players, or a combination of both) not the way the roster was built. Gaborik, Richards, Pyatt, Boyle, Kreider, Del Zotto, and Girardi didn't perform up to expectations. Guys like Callahan, McDonagh, Hagelin, and Stralman were about on par. The only player that took the next step was Stepan and maybe Nash considering how his game trailed towards the end of his time in Columbus.

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