Question About Dustin Penner...& Comments on Carcillo
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07-17-2013, 07:28 AM
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He can be so good when he tries which makes the contrast to when he's not quite apparent. Neither Terry Murray nor Darryl Sutter are very accepting coaches when it comes to putting in less than full effort as a complementary winger, so he was often benched during games, bumped down the lineup or simply scratched in order to get him to focus and pick up his game. It never worked, which made it a cycle of failure for him.
I think Penner is a player you just need to play top minutes every night, pat him on the back, say he's the greatest even when he's dogging it and eventually he'll turn it around for you. You gotta take the good with the bad and just play him through thick and thin because tough love just doesn't work on the guy, it only makes things worse. Not saying it's necessarily a good idea for the team but that's my theory for getting the best out of Penner.
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