Practice Lines Monday, January 15th
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01-15-2007, 02:42 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Washington, DC
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"Tom Renney reunited his traditional defensive pairings today...
outside the top group, the forward lines were...
Brendan Shanahan skating with Blair Betts and Marcel Hossa;
Krog at center between Cullen and Jed Ortmeyer;
a fourth unit of Petr Prucha, Ryan Hollweg, and either Colton Orr or Adam Hall.
Jason Ward was paired with Darius Kasparaitis at defense, which isnít a good sign for either."
I am NOT someone who's called for firing Renney, but my patience is about exhausted with him.
Why on earth did we pick up Krog? So Hollweg can go back to centering a bizarre 4th line with a tiny 30 goal scorer on one side and a guy who can't skate without falling down (this applies equally to Hall and Orr) on the other? What's the sense in dressing Orr when Janssen is in the minors and what's the sense in dressing Hall EVER over Ward?
How is Cullen, who's good enough to center the 2nd line all season, displaced from the 3rd line center spot by Krog? Don't tell me Krog looked good against Boston and deserves some kind of a legit shot. Not with Prucha ending up on the 4th line. The guy's waiver wire fodder for a reason. This is Toms, Fedyk, Tim Sweeney all over again. If he's centering anything above the 4th line, there's a problem.
I am not even going to engage the merits of Betts as a 2nd line center. This Krog thing is just too disturbing in itself. The fact that it's practice and may be just for one game doesn't make it any less so. I hate to say this, but it's way too similar to how Kovalev was utilized by Muckler right before he was traded.
Wow, just wow. This is some **** we're seeing here. None of those lines make much sense to me.
It's just pain.
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