Agree 100%. No reason for it. If you want physical, you sit Nisky and play Elmer and Bort. Real simple. Both of those guys have physical stature and some nasty in their game. Niskanen has neither. This to me smacks of a guy being held out because of a potential trade. Makes no sense at all to sit Despres for the reason given, and they know this better than any of us. It would make sense to play Niskanen big minutes like the other night, if your goal is to let someone scout him.
Originally Posted by AquaticBirdman
DB really makes it tough to like him sometimes with decisions like this. Despres has been playing great two way hockey and this is how you reward him? Great way to instill confidence in the kid.