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05-21-2004, 11:46 AM
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#37 to play tomorrow?

I was following Bill Clement's chat over on ESPN.com. He said there may be a chance that Rico plays tomorrow. It may be true, it may not be. We have heard that his arm has healed faster than expected. They said that if the Flyers make it to the Finals, he would be back. Finals start Tuesday, so what if he comes back 4 days early. We'll see tomorrow.

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Honnestly, I hope he won't be there! This team has a tremendous chemistry. Rico is a great player but if he comes just for the Game 7, it could be really costly. Remember the Big E in 2000...

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Seems like if he's healthy, then they just need somebody to play steady defense, then Desjardins could do that in lieu of Seidenberg or Jones or Slaney, then that would be a good gamble. They don't need a superstar focal point, and that was the Lindros situation.

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I don't think Rico would be that much of a disruption. He's a righthanded shot that we desperately need on the powerplay and just offense in general.

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I don't think Rico would be that much of a disruption. He's a righthanded shot that we desperately need on the powerplay and just offense in general.
True but as healthy as he might be, I don't think they can rely on his shot to get them through to the next round, I think if used properly, his defensive game can help close some holes in the crease area. Let's not foget he's only played a couple of games in the last several months.


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Hate to say it, but as long as he's given limited minutes then I'm okay with it. If he takes Seidenberg's playing time, then that's fine. He's going to be rusty and I would imagine not very physical (not that he is in the first place, but even less so). I don't want a rusty injured guy playing significant time cold turkey.

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I wouldn't give him a boatload minutes but it would be helpful to have a guy with his experience out there with a Seidenberg. He doesn't need to be all over, just there to back Dennis up. It would take less pressure off of Dennis and Joni for that matter.
He doesn't need to log the big minutes, Kim, Matty, Danny and the workhorse Vlad can do that. He would be a calming force for the 2 rookies.

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I wouldn't give him a boatload minutes but it would be helpful to have a guy with his experience out there with a Seidenberg. He doesn't need to be all over, just there to back Dennis up. It would take less pressure off of Dennis and Joni for that matter.
He doesn't need to log the big minutes, Kim, Matty, Danny and the workhorse Vlad can do that. He would be a calming force for the 2 rookies.
True but if Rico was in, then Seidenberg wouldn't be playing.

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The whole point of Desjardins playing in game 7, if he's healthy enough, would be as a morale booster. He's not going to get alot of minutes, and they don't NEED him to win, but he's certainly not going to hurt them UNLESS he gets reinjured in the game and they end up down a dman.

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OK, Desjardins returning to the line up would be absolutely huge. Healed, rested and Healthy. He's a fitness nut so his condition is not a question mark, especially if he only plays fifteen minutes a night or so (when 100% he logs twice that). He is also an experienced player, and perhaps the smartest player on the team, with the best hockey sense. He wont be banged up like JR, or have any small nagging like Johnsson that will interfer with his puck handling or shot. He would be an easy improvement over both Pitkanen and Seidenberg. Its hard to over emphasize just how much we could use him back right now.

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Why not use him as a 7th d-man and use 11 forwards? If he goes down then we're short a forward and not a defenseman. This is all hypothetical speculation though. I wouldn't believe it until I saw #37 skating around in the pre-game skate.

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I think it could only help. He's experienced, a right handed shot and rested (maybe hurting, but rested).

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Seidenberg played all of 5 minutes last game and coughed up a goal.
Who wouldn't want Desjardins in there for those spot minutes? I believe he can play 10 minutes of solid D and give our team a boost. Johnsson, Markov, and Malakhov all played 30+ last night and have to be a little tired.

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Honnestly, I hope he won't be there! This team has a tremendous chemistry. Rico is a great player but if he comes just for the Game 7, it could be really costly. Remember the Big E in 2000...

Yes, and when Desjardins comes back, everyone else is going to watch him try to win game 7. This isn't Lindros, and this isn't 2000 and anyone who wants to compare Desjardins and Lindros is divilged in pure lunacy.


And what chemestry? As long as he's not playing on Primeau's left side, or the defensemen want to contribute in giving up 4 goals in a must win game again, i say take the good with the bad and let him play. Hitchcock will trust and play an injured Desjardins before a healthy Seidenberg.

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Why not use him as a 7th d-man and use 11 forwards? If he goes down then we're short a forward and not a defenseman. This is all hypothetical speculation though. I wouldn't believe it until I saw #37 skating around in the pre-game skate.
Play 6 D. If Desjardins goes down, Kapanen can go back and someone can double shift on the 4th line.

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I would take a busted up Eric than a out of shape Seidenberg

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I can't imagine how his arm could be ready by tomorrow... sounds like wishful thinking at best.

I'd love to see him come back and log 15 minutes or so, maybe play the PP a little. Couldn't hurt that's fer sure.

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Hate to say it, but as long as he's given limited minutes then I'm okay with it. If he takes Seidenberg's playing time, then that's fine. He's going to be rusty and I would imagine not very physical (not that he is in the first place, but even less so). I don't want a rusty injured guy playing significant time cold turkey.
Agreed. I wouldn't have much of a problem with him returning if he played in place of Seidenberg. Giving him many more minutes than that would be a mistake in my opinion.

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I am absolutely O.K. with it. he can go out there and just play defense. I don't care if he can't shoot on net.

the one problem will be that Tampa will go after his arm.

BTW, on the Howard Eskin show. he said that he talked with Rico and that he didn't say yes or no but from his expression, it didn't look good. but what the hell does Eskin know anyway?

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. but what the hell does Eskin know anyway?

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Honnestly, I hope he won't be there! This team has a tremendous chemistry. Rico is a great player but if he comes just for the Game 7, it could be really costly. Remember the Big E in 2000...
Very true, but Seidenberg being stuck in has had what must be more damaging effects than if Desjardins enters.

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I am absolutely O.K. with it. he can go out there and just play defense. I don't care if he can't shoot on net.

the one problem will be that Tampa will go after his arm.

BTW, on the Howard Eskin show. he said that he talked with Rico and that he didn't say yes or no but from his expression, it didn't look good. but what the hell does Eskin know anyway?
exactly if Martin St. Louis would slash Zhamnov gloveless hand you dont think he wouldnt think twice about going after that arm?

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but what the hell does Eskin know anyway?
Flowers (roses to be more specific)....

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exactly if Martin St. Louis would slash Zhamnov gloveless hand you dont think he wouldnt think twice about going after that arm?
I had the same thought...

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exactly if Martin St. Louis would slash Zhamnov gloveless hand you dont think he wouldnt think twice about going after that arm?
Team Canada be damned, somebody should put that midget's head through the boards.

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