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11-30-2013, 10:42 PM
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Originally Posted by xander View Post
The 'revenge on Torts' narrative is lazy and revisionist. Kreider was sent down at the begining of this year for inconsistency. He wasn't the player he is now until he came back from his last stint at Hartford. If this Chris Kreider had been available to John Tortorella, he would have played him 20 minutes a night.
Originally Posted by Crease View Post
Yep. The story today wasn't "payback". It was Tortorella getting a front-row seat to how far Kreider has come since last year. Maybe thanks, in part, to Tortorella's no-nonsense approach.
Yeah right, it was ALL about payback. Torts did a real number on Kreider mentally, forcing him to play in a role that didn't suit him and benching him for every little mistake. It's taken a couple months under AV who gave him the space he needed to get back into his comfort zone to undo the damage under Tortorella, and this was THE game for Kreider to shove it all in his face. Well done!

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