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09-22-2013, 12:41 PM
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Because being on the PP is so taxing. The PP is Kimmo's bread and butter. If he isn't out there, then he isn't worth $6 million. That unit has been so good there's no reason to break them up (especially when this team relies on the PP a lot). Ice time is a lot like a pitch count. There' strenuous minutes and there's easy minutes. The PP = easy minutes.
As for the second unit, you finally have two guys that you can run the PP through. The second unit struggled all year last year because they had no one that could (or wanted to) control the play. If Raffl makes the team, I could see Lavy wanting to get a look at him on that unit. Couturier got his shot last year in the beginning of the year and didn't grasp his opportunity. He looks better this year, but he could be on a short leash.
Give it up. He's not replacing Kimmo in any form. Lavy pretty much gave up on the idea of playing Gus on the PP (Luke Schenn was ahead of him on the PP depth chart last year!!!) He was a good AHL QB, but for whatever reason it hasn't translated. With Streit in the mix for the next number of years, Gostisbehere coming sooner than people think, and Peter's preference for 4 forwards, Gus will be nothing more than a fallback option.
Ice time is still ice time and the team will suffer if Kimmo is asked to play 22 minutes as a 38 year old.
Streit has a better shot and shouldn't be on the PK unless there's an emergency. He should be given every chance to contribute on the power play.
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