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03-01-2007, 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Fletch View Post
we can trust anybody on this one.

Ward was benched then traded, and at the time of the benching, he was not this team's worst defenseman by any stretch. Perhaps he was benched to give teams a look at Rachunek and Pock, and Sather found no biters. Perhaps he was benched because the Rangers were working on a trade for him and seeing as though the CLS game was the last game before the deadline, perhaps they wanted to ensure he doesn't get hurt in that game.
I don't know why we're all looking past Ward's gaffe in the NJ game directly before the Columbus game. If Ward doesn't take a run at the puck carrier as the Devils were breaking in 3-on-2, then the Devils don't have a 2-on-1 and Prucha doesn't have to scramble on the backcheck. He wasn't the worst d-man, but being responsible for the game-tying goal (I'd split the blame evenly on that one between Prucha and Ward) in a must-win game is grounds for a benching.

There were a number of reasons for the scratch and trade more reasonable than an argument that occurred at the beginning of February.

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