After a poor game Monday, D Tom Poti appears slated to be a scratch tonight as he paired with Dale Purinton at practice yesterday. Brian Leetch was with GregdeVries and Darius Kasparaitis with Joel Bouchard as the Vladimir Malakhov-Boris Mironov pairing remains intact....
"I have no idea," Sather said when asked if the lines he used in yesterday's practice would be kept in place tonight.
Hmm...I used to have another Sather quote as my signature at one point which went something along the same lines. I think it was "I don't know. I just don't know..." from last season when asked about why things weren't working out.
Personally, I think it is more than a little disturbing when your Coach/GM says things like "I have no idea". The easiest way for any coach to get fired is to say that he has no idea of what is wrong or how to fix it. Or at least that is the case for anyone but a Rangers coach. Campbell had no idea. Neither did Blow. At least Trotts never used those words. As a head coach, you BETTER have some idea of what is wrong or how to fix it. Any schmuck off the street can come up with answers like "I don't know".
As for those who say that Lindros needs a player to lug the puck for him, why does it have to be a forward? I agree that Lindros needs someone to do it, but from my perspective, a players like Leetch, Poti, or Bouchard can lug the puck. Say that the lines stay the way that we hope and Poti is truly benched tonight. So if Leetch plays D with Nedved and Kovalev as forwards, why not put out the Lindros line with Bouchard as a defensemen with them? Bouch can carry the puck quite well and Moore would certainly make sure that there are at least 2 men back at all times.
if there was such a thing, some defenseman other than Poti would've sat. Poti has played well, save the last couple after having the flu (and coincidentally being paired with Leetch who's been average at best). This is window dressing, and nothing more. Hlavac's back on a top line?