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12-03-2013, 02:23 PM
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First of all, the idea that Therrien consistently benches guys who aren't playing well is ridiculous. Secondly, no you shouldn't and there shouldn't be exceptions to the rule because there shouldn't be a rule set in stone in the first place, every player should be treated slightly differently and play under a slightly different set of rules (Parcells philosophy). Finally would you bench Crosby in the third down a goal if he had a couple bad periods or was on a 2-3 game pointless streak? Of course not, so that's not how it should work and there should be exceptions.
When Galchenyuk reaches Crosby status he can have different consideration from this rule but until then he'll have to live with it. Plus the point streak rut wasn't the issue with Chucky, it went a lot deeper in his play than that.
It took a little bit to get Desharnais benched but he eventually missed whole games and has since turned it around. (Whether that's the reason or not doesn't really matter)
In fairness to Bouillon, the majority of his mistakes come in situations he shouldn't have been put him in the first place. He's been a very reliable #6-7 D-Man when used as such. Therrien could be blamed for that one for putting him in a position to fail.
Even Subban has taken some extended bench time and has responded by being much more responsible defensively and getting himself back to his full abilities offensively too.
Fact of the matter is that the system works. I agree with you that every situation is different but only in the way of threshold and not in complete exemptions from rules.
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