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09-04-2013, 06:45 PM
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If you can't skate then you're on borrowed time with Tortorella. Rozsival and Malik were quickly jettisoned for this reason and guys like Staal and McDonagh excelled for exactly these reasons. If you can skate then he'll give you some leash, as he did with Del Zotto (which worked out) and Gilroy (not so much). You also better be in damn good shape. There will be back-to-back games where he'll expect Edler to play 28 minutes each. He doesn't play favorites; he'll put that AHL call-up on the first pairing halfway through the game if he's the only one playing well. However, you do have to earn his trust. He has no problem rolling out two defensive pairings for the bulk of the game. There would be games where our third pairing would see 6 minutes of icetime.

And get used to the juggling, for better or worse. As I alluded to earlier, he'll completely overhaul the lines after one period if he doesn't like what he sees.

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