Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/24/11 at 11:30 AM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
And while it would be out of character for Boucher to publicly acknowledge any lack of confidence in any of his players, it was puzzling to hear him explain that Smith got the start in part because he likes to give everyone a chance.
“When people deserve things, whether they’re a fourth-line or a third-line or seventh or eighth D, when they deserve [it]—I’m one of those guys that I’ll give people a chance,” the coach said. “And I felt that Smitty had been terrific for us for a long, long time and he deserved to get a game.”
Fair enough. But this is not recess dodgeball where everyone gets a turn because, well, it’s dodgeball. This is the Stanley Cup playoffs with a Stanley Cup finals berth on the line. You start the players you think can get you to the finish line. This isn’t about being fair; it’s about trying to gain a competitive advantage.
Boucher, at least, did acknowledge the rest might be good for the 41-year-old Roloson.
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