Re: Claude is locked in
posted at 3/4/2011 1:35 PM EST
In Response to Claude is locked in
[QUOTE]OK Bruins fans, the team is playing DEFENSE and Claude is smiling. He will now play Paille in place of Seguin. Give me a break!! When Looch went off for 7 minutes, Paille took his slot and was invisable. Don't like to pick on Paille since it was Claude's decision to sit Seguin The PP is doing zero, Recchi cannot get close to the tip-in area anymore, but that's where Claude puts him??? Ryder floats, leaving Kelly and Peverly as a two man line, and Claude put's Ryder On the PP. Granted, Ryder should help, but, he doesn't. On hockey skills, Paille is well ahead of Thornton, but Thornton is out there every single game. Plus with all that ice time he still cannot handle the puck and regularly coughs it up.
Posted by bogie6[/QUOTE]
Personally, I don't see an issue with interchanging Paille/Seguin. Also, Seguin probably isn't going to make or break this team's PP right now.
Seguin is coming along fine as a very young kid playing a man's game. I have no issue with him being bumped to deepen the roster, with newly added players like Kelly and Peverley, both of whom have the experience.
Those two HAVE to play since they were acquired for a reason.
I actually like Paille to some degree because he has experience, some speed and can take a draw here or there for Campbell.
In other words, he's more polished and has versatility.
Look at it this way:
In 1998/1999 team had Joe Thornton, as raw as he was, got experience pretty much all year on the 4th line, but he was out of place there anyway. The reality was, that was a terrible 4th line, which meant that team wasn't deep enough.
Seguin has gained valuable experience this year, but I'd much rather have a settled 4th line that is as good or better than than the better team's 4th line.
Philly is a good example. They can roll 4 lines and pretty much not miss a beat.
Boston is similar, but I'd like to see the players who will be there when playoff time comes around.
I also cannot figure out why people slam Thornton. He's a 4th line winger with 10 goals and the resident enforcer. He does a good job with energy, physical play, etc. At least Thornton is a threat to score a goal on the 4th line. As is Paille.
Seguin will either be expected to a Center here next year or the guy who is supposed to replace Ryder's 20 goals.