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08-16-2013, 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Inferno View Post
Yeah, im not sure I see it the same way as you.

I saw him be tentative, not unwilling to engage...he looked scared to make a mistake, he tried to play everything super conservative...almost the anti-JT Miller who was WAY too aggressive for my liking.

it was kinda weird in that, Kreider would make a mistake and get benched for the rest of the game, Miller would make a mistake and get more ice was tough to understand why each player was getting rewarded or reprimanded for doing basically the same thing, in fact, id say Miller played far worse than Kreider...but thats just me.

Regardless, I agree that Torts takes way too much of the blame for Kreider, and yet no credit at all for developing Stepan, McDonagh, Hagelin, Dubinsky, Anisimov, etc.

Torts was a very good coach, guys have to pay their only complaint is the way Kreider was handled WHEN COMPARED to the way Miller was handled...I feel like Miller was given way too long of a leash, and was often times abysmal out there.
Its not rocket science. Tortorella, as with most coaches, are going to give more leeway when a mistake is made out of aggression. You say you think Kreider was tentative, but not unwilling to engage. Whats the difference? I also dont think Brooks Orpik knocking him into next week helped matters much either.

Bottom line is that Kreider played most of the season like he had a carton of eggs in his hockey pants. Thats unacceptable, period.

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